Monday, August 10, 2009

Help My Sister Win a $5,000 Grant To Bring Diverse Environmental Ed to Public Schools

She may not wear a cape, but around these parts, we've long suspected that my sister-in-law/BFF Angelou Ezeilo just might be a superhero. Now we have the chance to make it official! Our resident "Go Green" girl, the one whose convinced me and a bunch of non-outdoorsy black folks to GO CAMPING so that we could learn how to appreciate the great outdoors, has been selected as a finalist by Cox Enterprises and Atlanta's WSB-TV for its prestigious 2009 Cox Conserves Heroes award. She was picked for her dedication to teaching children how to love, respect, protect, and preserve our environment through her non-profit, the Greening Youth Foundation.

If she wins, Angelou plans to use the grant to expand Greening Youth's programming, which already touches the lives of a diverse crowd of elementary school-aged kids who participate in her in-class projects, school-wide recycling programs, and after-school environmental club. Her program is fresh and inspiring, and not only touches lives, but changes them. Because of her, kids in a predominately-African American school in Atlanta got to plant trees in a school yard that had none. And a group of black and Latino boys in North Carolina learned the importance of recycling through African drumming and dance. Heck, she kidnapped my kids and put them in one of her water conservation classes, and those little buggers came back with a full-on plan to slash our water bill by 1/3—and it worked!

That's to say that Angelou wouldn't be the only winner here—children all across Georgia would gain from her honor. Want to see how fly she is when she's helping the children? Check out her video HERE, at the Cox Conserves Heroes website. And then do Angelou and me a solid, and vote for her at

You can vote beginning today, August 10 and through August 31, 2009. But I'd appreciate it if you just went on ahead and hooked a sistah up today while it's on your mind. CLICK HERE TO MAKE ANGELOU A NATIONAL HERO!

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  1. Super cool project. Environmental issues are so exciting to learn about and taking part in addressing this is even more exciting. Bravo to your sis in-law for making a mark on our world!

    For some reason, there was no voting tab up yet, so I'll try back when the sun rises here. She's definitely got my vote.

  2. @Ms. Bar B: Thanks, my love—your vote is absolutely appreciated. I just checked the site, and the voting has begun. I just did it... GO ANG!!!

  3. I voted! Best Wishes and Good Louck to all!

  4. I love the video. The kids are really engaged and learning. And of course I love Angelou's afro puff. I voted, retweeted and I'll post to my FB page. Go GREEN!!

  5. Thank you everybody! And, as always, thank you sis for always being my #1 supporter!!

  6. Grace and Peace. This is wonderful! My vote has been made. We can do this together. I to Love Afro Puff-Puffs.
    Just wonderful!

  7. Awesome video! She's got my vote. :)

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