Climate Change & Racial Justice: The Resilience & Vulnerability of African American Communities

Climate change is fundamentally a racial justice issue, as both the responsibility for causing climate change and the vulnerability to its impacts vary by race. The story of Smithville—a historic African American community in Dorchester County—illustrates how cultural legacies of racial discrimination have unfairly increased the vulnerability of Eastern Shore African American communities to climate change impacts. Join Smithville native Rev. Roslyn Watts and University of Maryland anthropologists, Dr. Christy Miller Hesed and Dr. Michael Paolisso, as they discuss the rich history of Smithville and their work to build coastal resilience to climate change. 

This session is part of the Fall Speaker Series, which explores the connection between science and culture, looking at how communities are adapting to build climate resilience. This series will take place virtually via Zoom.

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