The National Parks: America’s Best Idea


“Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.”  — Theodore Roosevelt on the Grand Canyon.

The long anticipated Ken Burns film premier is almost one week away. One of the many things to appreciate about this comprehensive work about our National Parks, are the stories of people of color who were an instrumental and unsung presence in park founding and preservation. Here is a clip from the documentary that features Outdoor Afro hero Shelton Johnson, who keeps the narrative of the Buffalo Soldier alive through storytelling tours in Yosemite National Park:

Check your local public television show listings for times, and set your DVR! This is a show you’ll enjoy watching with the entire family.


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