Episode 4: #MLK50: The fight for justice lives on
Broadcast Date: April 3, 2018
Broadcast Time: 6:00pm ET / 3:00pm PT
- Rev Leo Woodberry, Climate Justice & Energy Equity Activist
- Damien Jones, Environmental Justice Outreach Advocate, Union of Concerned Scientists
In 1967, during his speech at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. asked “where do we go from here?” Over the course of the year before his assassination in 1968, he began to expand his work into workers rights and their environmental exposures. Although his life was cut short, his legacy to address the economic and environmental injustices lives on through the creative work being done by communities, organizations and houses of worship across the world.
In Think 100% Episode 4, broadcasting the evening before the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King, we will explore the intersectionality of civil rights, and environmental and economic justice.
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Reverend Leo Woodberry was born and raised in New York City. There he became involved with community organizing at an early age, as a student organizer. He currently oversees and operates the Strategic Planning Division of Woodberry & Associates. With over 20 years’ experience managing non-profit and for profit organizations, Reverend. Woodberry has accumulated a wealth of knowledge, partnerships, alliances and expertise in the environmental justice movement. He became involved in environmental work in the 1990s with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, around there issue of mercury emissions and advisories. He joined the newly formed African American Environmental Justice Action Network (AAEJAN) in 1994. AAEJAN was instrumental in uniting people of color across America, and in influencing the Ford Foundation and other philanthropic entities to support people of color communities disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards.
Reverend Woodberry has also worked with a host of other organizations such as the; Southern Organizing Committee (SOC), The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Xavier University of Louisiana, The Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University, The Environmental Protection Agency NEJAC (Region Four), SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, The National Wildlife Federation, SC Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, Coastal Carolina League, South East Climate Network, Green Faith, Clemson Education and Research Center, Francis Marion University, WEACT, Advancing Equity and Opportunities, Agricultural Missions, Inc. and a host of other organizations. He has and continues to work in the areas of; water, air, as well as renewable and sustainable energy issues with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
In August 2001, Leo Woodberry attended the United Nations Conference on Racism and Xenophobia in Durban South Africa. There he presented a paper on the HIV AIDS epidemic entitled “The New Trade Triangle” and was a contributor to the resultant environmental statement added and adopted to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and subsequently signed by 161 countries. Reverend Woodberry works with NGOs certified with the United Nations Civil Society Organization. Woodberry & Associates has offices located in Florence, SC. Reverend Woodberry attended Francis Marion University and The University of South Carolina. He retired from AT&T after 20 years of service and received three Vice Presidential Corporate awards. The SC State Senate also presented him with an award in recognition of his community service. Reverend Woodberry is the pastor of Kingdom Living Temple, Executive Director of New Alpha Community Development Corporation in Florence, SC, and a member of the SC Environmental Justice Network.
Damien Thaddeus Jones currently serves as Environmental Justice Outreach Advocate for the Union of Concerned Scientists. He is an activist, inspirational speaker, and thought leader who deploys faith, popular culture, and civic engagement as tools to empower everyday people. As an award-winning leader, Damien cut his teeth as a grassroots activist in Houston as co-founder of the civil rights group Houston Justice and evolved into a national advocate for liberty and justice for all communities. Damien led campaigns related to criminal justice reform, climate justice, and most recently helped organize over 200 HBCU leaders’ historic involvement in the 2017 People’s Climate March.
He previously served as Program Coordinator of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Leadership Institute where he prepared the next generation to take its place in the fields of community service and policy development and increased the pool of young African American leaders in public service careers and public policy positions. Damien, a veteran of the United States Air Force, is regularly called upon by the media for his innovative opinions on politics, popular culture, leadership, and social justice. Damien is the author of The 25 Undeniable Laws of Greatness: A Guide to Living Your Best Life, a handbook for optimal living. An engaging national speaker, he conducts keynote presentations for corporations and conferences.