28 Green Heroes Week 1
Tyson Lord Gray
Dr. Tyson Lord Gray is the founder and president of Green Community Vision Inc., an organization that teaches minority communities about environmental consciousness and activism. Dr. Gray holds degrees in topics ranging from theology to environmental ethics. The New York native uses his combined knowledge of the varying subjects to become an activist for environmental awareness. His work has enabled him to speak at conferences, churches and lecture in classrooms across the world. He has also worked with the Sierra Club, West Harlem Environmental Action, The Nature Conservancy, Harlem Grown, and other organizations in his community.
Aminah "Chef Mimi" Robinson
Chef Mimi was a keynote speaker for our 6th annual Green The Church Summit that was held in Hayward, CA. Located in the Bay Area, Chef Mimi can be defined as a ‘jack of all trades’. After she graduated from the San Francisco Culinary Arts Academy in 1995, she sought to give platforms to people of color to increase minority representation in the industry. Thus she created, ‘Bringing it to the Table’ to highlight Black women and men who were making great career strides in the food industry to rewrite the narrative that Black chefs were only limited to cooking soul food and BBQ. She identifies herself as a mentor, wife, mother, food activist, food socialite, and a caterer. Chef Mimi uses food to connect with the people around her. As a food activist, Chef Mimi takes on the responsibility of teaching the surrounding community about the effects of mass food production.
Dr. Faith Harris, advisory board member of Green The Church, and steering committee chair for Virginia Interfaith Power and Light fell in love with nature at an early age, and that love still fuels her to this day. Aside from volunteerism, Dr. Harris is also a Minister, combining her faith and her passion on a daily basis. Dr. Harris began working in public policy through her volunteer work with Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. From there she made connections with its sister organization VA Interfaith Power and Light. The organization strives to spread the environmental justice message to surrounding communities as well as churches, temples, synagogues, and other beacons for people no matter the faith background.
Benjamin Carroll is the Senior Pastor at Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church located in West Palm Beach, FL. In 2017 Greater Antioch sponsored the “Green Union” where they partnered with the City of West Palm Beach’s Office of Sustainability, resulting in the church receiving a proclamation from the city declaring April 26-29 Green The Church Days. Pastor Carroll has aided Green The Church in bringing together over 20 pastors and church leaders across South Florida and introducing them to the importance of sustainability and environmental justice. Pastor Carroll has been the president of the Florida East Coast Baptist Association Northern Union since 2015. Also, the pastor has actively served in the United States Army for the past 30 years.
G. L. Hodge
Providence Baptist Church in San Francisco, CA was able to save $30,000 through energy conservation. The church’s administrator G.L. Hodge was the catalyst to help the church cut down the energy bills which led to a substantial savings. Mr. Hodge sat on the board of trustees at the church when San Francisco gave free solar cells to seniors and houses of worship throughout the city. He took the opportunity to make change in the church, using his experience in retail management to explain the benefit of converting to energy conserving resources to the church’s congregants. Through Mr. Hodge’s efforts, Providence now serves as an example of how other African American churches can also embrace what energy conservation means and how to harness that savings.
Like many of the people highlighted, Reggie Singleton began his activism with the foundation of education. He’s studied public health at the University of South Carolina. Singleton used his experience from working at a corrections facility to inspire creating a mentor program for the young Black men in his community. The Males Place was established in 1993 by Singleton in Charlotte, NC and focuses on mentoring young men through health educational programming and mentoring in life skills. To date, The Males Place has mentored over 3000 young men.