28 Green Heroes Week 5
Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.
Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. has advocated for improving the community in ways varying from getting people to vote to educating communities on environmental sustainability. Yearwood’s work has been recognized by the National Wildlife Federation, Earthjustice, and former Vice President Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection. Rev. Yearwood also began the Gulf Coast Renewal Campaign, which gathered organizations to advocate for justice for Hurricane Katrina survivors. Illegal evictions of Katrina survivors from temporary housing and all other injustices committed against Katrina survivors were rectified and those who participated in it were held accountable. Currently, Rev. Yearwood sits as the president and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, a civil & human rights organization that works at the intersection of democracy, communities, culture, and policy.
Rev. Dr. Dianne Glave
Rev. Dr. Dianne Glave has a passion for sharing knowledge. Dr. Glave has preached, taught, and wrote about African American history as well as eco-theology. She has developed two publications, ‘Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage’ and ‘To Love the Wind: African American Environmental History’. The stories recount the complicated relationship that African Americans have had with the environment throughout history. Currently, Dr. Glave sits as the Coordinator of Diversity Development and Inclusion at the United Methodist Church of the Western Pennsylvania Conference. Rev. Glave received her M.Div. at the Candler School of Theology with a focus on Faith, Health, and Science at Emory University. She also completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Stony Brook University with an emphasis on environmental and African American history. Morehouse College, Loyola Marymount University, and Tulane University have all had the pleasure of having Dr. Glave teach at their schools.
Rev. Dr. Kenneth Davis
“God has made us stewards, ordained to serve his people, preserve his earth and his people. For this premise, we dedicate our whole being. Green is the Church. Period.” Rev. Dr. Kenneth Davis has spent the better half of his career fighting for civil rights. Before he marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he began his studies. He’s attended the University of Chicago, the University of San Francisco, and the Florida Theological Institute. The knowledge from which, according to Davis, prepared him to take on the task of fighting environmental racism. Rev. Davis knows first had how communities of color are targeted for polluters dirtiest projects that result in polluted air that makes communities sick. Davis has his own health struggles due to the Chevron Richmond Refinery exploding decades ago in Richmond, CA. Rev. Dr. Davis currently sits as the executive director of the Bay Area Coalition of Concerned Citizens. Through his work with the organization, they found that particulate matter in the air released from the nearby Chevron refinery was a major contributor in an area where some of the highest cancer concentration of the country can be found. The Bay Area Coalition of Concerned Citizens won a lawsuit against the oil company, resulting in an 18 million dollar settlement.
With 30+ years in marketing and sales, Calvin Johnson is the marketing manager for Go Solar America (GSA). The company aims to alleviate the amount of money that small businesses, churches, convenience stores, and office buildings spend on electricity by introducing more energy saving and sustainable alternatives like solar. Among his many roles at GSA, Johnson is responsible for maintaining relationships with organizations that use the company’s services and creating relationships with other entities that are interested in environmental sustainability more broadly. Johnson also trains sales personnel, helps to create marketing goals and spearheads any activity that can potentially grow and promote the company. Johnson has also worked with the radio show ‘Realestate Issues & Answers’.