Green Festival Speakers
Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr.
A pacemaker within the green movement, Rev Yearwood has successfully bridged the gap between communities of color and environmental justice for more than three years. Shortly after founding the Hip Hop Caucus, Yearwood became National Director of the award winning Gulf Coast Renewal Campaign where he spearheaded a coalition of national and grassroots organizations to advocate for the rights of Katrina survivors. Later, on August 4, 2009, Yearwood led the Hip Hop Caucus to create the Green the Block campaign in partnership with Green for All. In result, the Hip Hop Caucus is the first organization to launch a national grassroots campaign from the White House. In 2010 Yearwood was named one of the 100 most powerful African Americans by Ebony Magazine, and one of the 10 Game Changers in the Green movement by the Huffington Post. The Hip Hop Caucus is fighting poverty and pollution at the same time with the One Planet. One Voice. campaign. Money matters when it comes to environmental justice. One Planet. Once Voice. addresses the disproportionate affects of pollution on impoverished communities. Yearwood’s unique influence promoted Discovery Communications to produce a full-length documentary covering his life and leadership.With a diverse set of celebrity allies, Yearwood raises awareness and action in communities that are often overlooked by traditional environmental campaigns. Yearwood’s innovative stance has garnered the Hip Hop Caucus support from several environmental leaders including EarthJustice, National Wildlife Federation, and the Alliance for Climate Protection. Find more about Yearwood’s work and opinion on CNN, Huffington Post, BET, XXL magazine, Newsweek, The Nation, MTV, AllHipHop.com, Al Jazeera, BBC, C-Span, MSNBC,Washington Post, The New York Times and VIBE magazine.THE HIP HOP CAUCUS: Dubbed as the civil-rights organization of the 21st century, the Hip Hop Caucus is a national, non-profit, that aims to promote political activism for young Americans using hip-hop music and culture. The group's programs are intended to promote social and political equality in the areas of economics, education, health care, housing, social justice and the environment. The group is a member of the Black Leadership Forum and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.