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African American participation in camping on the rise

Recent gains in outdoor recreation among black travelers help disprove the old stereotype that black Americans don’t camp, hike, or otherwise take these kinds of trips.

“I’m proud to say we have a team of 11 people who right now are in Tanzania, who are on Mount Kilimanjaro,” said Rue Mapp, founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro. This leading nonprofit is dedicated to getting black Americans into nature through advocacy and meet-ups with regional leaders in 30 states, and is nearly a decade old with offices in Oakland, California, and Washington, D.C.


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