Angelou Ezeilo, C'92, is an Environmental Activist on a Mission
Environmental activist Angelou Ezeilo and her husband James are among our nation’s foremost experts in preparing young people from urban communities to become responsible environmental stewards. For close to a decade, the Ezeilos’ non-profit Greening Youth Foundation has pioneered culturally-based programs that help youth make healthy lifestyle choices, including focusing on public land management agencies and the conservation sector as a source of employment and careers. Ezeilo is an expert in the development, placement and retention of racially-diverse young people in the environmental sector. She serves on the National Park Service’s Centennial Advisory Board. Greening Youth Foundation has also been selected as one of the 21st Century Conservation Corps.
Giving Back and Creating Green Futures
A recipient of the Spelman College Local Community Service Award, Ezelio recently served as a guest lecturer of a lecture series at the College titled, “The New Face of Conservation.” The 10-session course was designed to provide Bonner and Morehouse scholars with guidance and exposure to the options within the environmental sector. It also encouraged students to analyze the barriers that inhibit many underrepresented individuals, especially people of color, from exploring the options in the conservation arena. Topics covered during the session included race relations and the intersection with the environment; defying the odds of many underrepresented individuals; navigating careers in the environmental sector; and carving your own path of success that incorporates environmental literacy and involvement.
Taking Care of the Environment and Closing the Gap
Ezeilo’s love for the environment dates back to her childhood when she had the chance to escape the dense urban streets of Jersey City, New Jersey and spend summers in upstate New York with her family. Graduating from Spelman College in 1992, she pursued a Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Florida, College of Law.