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Black Oxygen: James Edward Mills

James Edward Mills. Photo supplied.

According to James Edward Mills, the author of the Adventure Gap and Founder of the Joy Trip Project, “everyday is a daring adventure, a trip into the joyful pursuit of our own full human potential.” In this episode of Black Oxygen, James and I chat about the relationship of Black folks and the outdoors.


He talks about how his relationship with the outdoors began at a young age and how he navigates the outdoors as a Black man.

James emphasizes three corrective measures that are needed throughout the United States to get more Black folks actively engaged in the outdoors.

We also chat a bit about some of the unknown history of Black folks in nature. This conversation is authentic, engaging, and a bit challenging at times.

James’ key piece of advice, “get outside.” Here are some links on featuring the work of James Edward Mills:

The Joy Trip Project 

The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors

These people of color transformed US national parks

How can the National Park Service work to be anti-racist?


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