BHM Quote: Majora Carter On Greening The Ghetto

I believe that you shouldn’t have to leave your neighborhood to live in a better one.”

Majora Carter is a Black environmental activist. And you thought it couldn’t be done! I tried to told you- there are others!!!

If you’ve never heard of Majora Carter you will. Here’s the short version of her story: She “greened the ghetto”.

That was pretty short so here’s a bit more detail. Majora Carter founded a non profit called Sustainable South Bronx (you know, the birthplace of Hip Hop in New York City). This foundation pioneered green-collar job training and placement systems in one of the most environmentally and economically challenged parts of the US.

Carter was recently on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams in a segment called Greening the Urban Jungle.

If this is your first introduction to this former TED Convention speaker then I’m proud to be the one to bring her words to you!

UPDATE: That video was disabled so I decided to bring you this instead from the 2007 TED Convention. If you don’t know what TED is you probably need some in your life-

Here is MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter as she “details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx — and shows how minority neighborhood suffer most from flawed urban policy.” They referred to this speech as “an emotionally charged talk” but really what else should you get emotional about. She’s talking about herself, her people and her home.

Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto

Check out what Majora Carter is working on now at

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