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Oprah’s Show Opens National Park System to Millions Who Don’t Know

As an advocate for getting African Americans and other people of color outdoors (that’s me with Yosemite ranger Shelton Johnson at right), I spent almost a month anticipating the show. I looked forward to the amazing beauty of Yosemite National Park that would be revealed, and the millions of Americans who would see the parks presented...

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My Spiritual Experiences in Nature

My Spiritual Experiences in Nature

My fondest memories of growing up in Jamaica are linked to nature. What comes most pleasurably to mind when I think about those times are the Saturday morning adventures into “mango bush” that my cousins and I planned the night before. We’d get up at dawn, get our baskets and head out for the acres...

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Audrey and Frank Peterman – The Promised Land

Audrey and Frank Peterman – The Promised Land

If Frank and Audrey Peterman have their way, many more of their fellow black Americans will visit our national parks. They take host Majora Carter to Yosemite, where she crawls through a hundred-foot cave and meets Yosemite’s only permanent black park ranger. On a 10-week tour of 15 national parks in 1995, Frank and Audrey...

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Audrey & Frank Respond to Oprah’s Yosemite Campout

Audrey & Frank Respond to Oprah’s Yosemite Campout

Audrey and Frank Peterman were unfamiliar with the National Park System until they took the road trip of a lifetime, driving 12,000 miles across the country. Hiking and camping in the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks, they saw only a handful of other African Americans. They became advocates for diversity in the National Parks and have become nationally recognized as experts on this issue.

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Oil debacle: Let’s help the President make this a turning point!

Oil debacle: Let’s help the President make this a turning point!

It would have been painful to watch President Obama’s press conference on the oil disaster, if I didn’t make a practice of controlling my feelings. I am resolved to send out nothing but positive energy at all times. How far have we fallen, and how fast, I thought! And yet, like everything, we can use...

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Poignant review of Legacy in Whole Thinking Journal, (Winter 09 – Summer 2010)

Poignant review of Legacy in Whole Thinking Journal, (Winter 09 – Summer 2010)

American Landscapes, Past and Future We were thrilled to receive, after much anticipation, Audrey and Frank Peterman’s (2007 alumni) book about our national parks, Legacy on the Land. This is no usual book on the national parks, yet it should be required reading for every park ranger and sold in every park gift store. Frank...

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Legacy on the Land, KPBS San Diego

Legacy on the Land, KPBS San Diego

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH (Host): I’m Maureen Cavanaugh, and you’re listening to These Days on KPBS. Just for a moment, create a mental image of a stereotypical environmentalist. Perhaps you picture a man in the great outdoors wearing hiking boots and eating a granola bar, or maybe a long haired-woman in khaki pants and a kerchief around...

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COUPLE EXPLORES THE GREAT OUTDOORS

COUPLE EXPLORES THE GREAT OUTDOORS

FORT LAUDERDALE — Frank and Audrey Peterman decided years ago that they would relocate from South Florida to Belize and purchase a bed and breakfast. But before moving, they planned to visit the Central American country to scope potential business prospects. On their last day, Frank, over a beer with one of the locals, began...

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Joe Madison Show bookshelf

Joe Madison Show bookshelf

“What are you going to do about it?” It’s a signature question that talk show host Joe Madison asks his listeners who tune in every weekday morning coast-to-coast on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio channel 169, and WOL-AM in Washington D.C. Madison also known as “The Black Eagle” needs two wings to fly. And for Madison that...

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Advocates for national parks release book

Advocates for national parks release book

Outdoors enthusiasts, national park advocates and environmentalists Frank and Audrey Peterman have added “author” to their resumes with the publication of “Legacy on the Land: A Black Couple Discovers Our National Inheritance and Tells Why Every American Should Care.” The book tracks the couple’s odyssey through the National Park System that began in August 1995,...

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