Join Air Alliance Houston’s Legal and Advocacy Director Stephany Mgbadigha as she presents on our work involving environmental justice to the #NatureByTheBook reading group during their January meeting over A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind by Harriet Washington.
When: Saturday, January 29 at 10am
Where: Juan Seguin Historic Park – 4422 Independence Parkway, LaPorte
This reading group is made in partnership by Intellect U Well, Inc. and Outdoor Afro Houston.
- Intellect U Well, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes the joy of reading, media literacy, and digital citizenship in the Houston community and beyond.
- Outdoor Afro has become the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature. We help people take better care of themselves, our communities, and our planet!
In A Terrible Thing to Waste, award-winning science writer Harriet A. Washington argues that IQ is a biased and flawed metric, but that it is useful for tracking cognitive damage. She takes apart the spurious notion of intelligence as an inherited trait, using copious data that instead point to a different cause of the reported African American-white IQ gap: environmental racism – a confluence of racism and other institutional factors that relegate marginalized communities to living and working near sites of toxic waste, pollution, and insufficient sanitation services. She investigates heavy metals, neurotoxins, deficient prenatal care, bad nutrition, and even pathogens as chief agents influencing intelligence to explain why communities of color are disproportionately affected — and what can be done to remedy this devastating problem.
Pre-reading of the book is encouraged, but NOT required to attend.