OUTDOOR AFRO LEADERS TO ASCEND MT. KILIMANJARO
Outdoor Afro is built on a focused mission – to create and inspire Black connection and leadership in nature. On June 15th, a specially selected team of Outdoor Afro leaders will begin to ascend the highest freestanding mountain in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, climbing 19,341 feet during the course of the expedition. Follow their route and schedule here. You can be part of the journey by attending one of the solidarity events being held around the country!
(Top Row: Phil Henderson, Wandi Stew, Stephen Scott, Alora Jones, Ray Smith, Rosemary Saal, Valerie Morrow; Bottom Row: Brittany Leavitt, Leandra Taylor, Olatunde Gbolahan, Tarik Moore, Katina Grays, Chaya Harris )
We chose to head to Tanzania for many reasons:
- First and Foremost – We love black people.
- To Deepen our Relationship with Nature – On this expedition, as with all Outdoor Afro events, our leaders will learn about the climate, wildlife, and vegetation of the land they are on and its importance.
- Employ Conservation Efforts – One of Outdoor Afro’s principles is to help people take better care of themselves, their communities, and the planet. Outdoor Afro leaders will practice the seven leave no trace principles and learn international customs of engaging with nature.
- Enhance Black Leadership Curriculum – Over the course of eight days, leaders will participate in a Black Leadership Curriculum, creating discussions and activities influenced by the history of African American outdoor leadership in the United States. Following this expedition, participants will share this at the annual Outdoor Afro Leader Training.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is not only a physical experience, but a cultural experience as well; not only will the team be exposed to a different culture, they will also bring a different culture. The environment itself will naturally inspire curiosity and learning as they will hike with local guides through multiple ecosystems during the trip. The trip is set up to be enjoyable and the challenge attainable.
Blogs by the Kilimanjaro Team
Meet the Team: by Chaya Harris
I Don’t Think I am Supposed to be Here: by Alora Jones
Grasping Possibilities – A Mother’s Motivation: by Katina Grays
Training to Climb: by Stephen Scott
Lifting as we Climb: by Tarik Moore
Integrating Training into Everyday Life: by Olatunde Gbolahan