Audrey and Frank Peterman have been pioneers in the green and conservation movement since 1995.They are among the leading experts on America’s publicly-owned lands system. They are tenacious advocates for breaking the color barrier and integration of our natural treasures as a way for all Americans, including children, youth, adults and seniors regardless of ethnic heritage to better appreciate our collective history and achieve a truly democratic society.
Audrey’s journalistic abilities are apparent in Legacy on the Land as she so vividly describes their adventures from the east to the west coast in the national parks.
A Black Couple Discovers Our National Inheritance and Tells Why Every American Should Care.
• Exhorts us to explore these public lands while exposing our children to their birthright.
• Demolishes the common stereotype that people of color are not interested in the environment.
• Reveals the systemic barriers that keep the face of conservation white and Anglo.
• Shows that all Americans have a role to play in the protection of our public lands, and that our environment can only be “saved” when all of us are included and committed to the effort.
Learning about America’s National Treasures from Natural Wonder Couple – Majora J. Carter -
This book is like a love letter to all Americans who wish to know more about the history of this fabulous land of ours. Frank and Audrey Peterman weave beautiful and intriguing personal and historical narratives about our natural wonders and make you wish you could go camping with them!
Important, delightfully written perspective on our national heritage – Onasegi –
This handsome volume, written in scintillating prose, tells how an African American couple took up the challenge to “see America first” and just HAD to tell the rest of us what we are missing! Audrey and Frank Peterman made time to visit many of this nation’s national parks and relate how the experience transformed them into environmental activists who are committed to encouraging all Americans, and especially African-Americans, to experience these national treasures and never forget that the Earth is our home. We must honor the land on which we live and preserve its essence for all generations! Special features: Appendices that list 20 official “Black” units of the National Park system, in which African-Americans significantly participated in their history, such as the African burial Ground National Monument in new York City, and a dozen other parks that reflect contributions of African-American ancestors such as: the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which includes the Presidio where the Buffalo Soldiers were once posted. This is a highly engaging memoir–part travelogue, part commentary on the biases and importance of the environmental preservation movement. It reframes arguments about why all Americans should value our collectively-owned sacred places and makes the subject appealing to people who have previously ignored these magnificent spaces or taken them for granted–like the authors did before their first trip! Highly recommended.
I feel as though I made the journey with Audrey & Frank! – Vitamin D –
Every American should read this book! In fact, it should part of the reading list for school children across the country. Audrey and Frank reveal the natural wonders of this great nation with captivating storytelling and poetic descriptions. They describe the sights, sounds, smells, feelings and emotions with language so vivid I feel as though I made the journey with them!
My husband and I have been thinking about taking just such a trip and now, after reading Legacy on the Land, I am totally inspired and determined to do it!
Legacy of the Land – Fit Guy –
This wonderfully written book chronicles the journey of one african american couple’s quest to experience america’s “natural” heritage our national parks. It will inspire nature lovers of all ethnic backgrounds and anyone who feels our national parks, America’s public lands belong to all its citizens! It makes a wonderful gift to a road-tripping college grad looking to experience America’s natural treasures before entering the work- a- day world. The book also affirmed my own feelings about nature letting me know I was not the only black person in america in love with our national parks.
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