The Hip Hop Caucus is reaching out to HBCU students and local citizens to draw attention to the issue of climate change. The national civil and human rights organization led by Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr will drop in on Howard University, North Carolina A&T University, and Clark Atlanta University this week.
The Hip Hop Caucus Act on Climate Campus Tour will feature speakers R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn, TV personality Amanda Seales, Hip Hop artist Dee-1, civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, and others. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy has been tapped as the special keynote speaker for the event at Clark Atlanta.
“We need to unite around the common goal to love the earth better,” says DeVaughn. “The urban community is affected by climate change. It’s a human rights issue. And we can’t change globally until we start in our communities.”
The Hip Hop Caucus Act on Climate Campus Tour is scheduled for Howard on April 22nd, N.C. A&T on April 23rd, and CAU on April 24th. Previous stops included Virginia’s Hampton University, Ohio’s Central State University, and Michigan’s Wayne State University.
“It is my moral obligation to inspire students to make climate change an issue on top of their list. You have a voice, use it!” adds Seales.
Hip Hop Caucus CEO Rev. Yearwood assisted in other social activism campaigns including Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Summit Action Network, Diddy’s Vote or Die, Jay Z’s Voice Your Choice, and Hip Hop Voices.
HHC also partnered with the National Conference of Black Mayors in 2010 to host the “Green the City Summit”. Twenty-five mayors united in Washington, DC to meet with members of Congress, the Obama administration, and the EPA to advocate for American use of sustainable energy.
Each stop on the Hip Hop Caucus Act on Climate Campus Tour is free and open to the public.
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