Local African American Leaders To Speak At Morehouse In Support Of Epa’s Clean Power Plan

Date Released: November 19, 2015

ATLANTA, GA — Local African American leaders will hold a press conference and rally in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, which sets the first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. The event coincides with an EPA hearing being held in Atlanta on the Federal Implementation Plan, a good backstop for states that do not create their own implementation plans to cut dangerous carbon pollution and protect public health.

Nearly 40 percent of the six million Americans living close to coal-fired power plants are people of color, and are disproportionately African American. The toxins from these plants are responsible for thousands of premature deaths, higher risks of asthma attacks and other respiratory diseases, and hundreds of thousands of missed work and school days. The Clean Power Plan will greatly reduce the harmful effects of climate change and result in better health and economic outcomes for the Black community.

“Nearly half of the people living near coal-fired power plants are people of color, therefore we must do all we can to reduce this threat to public health in our communities,” said Morehouse President John S. Wilson, Jr.

Media interested in attending the press conference should RSVP to Cathy Tyler, 404-614-3788, cathy.tyler@morehouse.edu; or Melissa Williams, 828-545-0443, melissa.williams@sierraclub.org.

WHAT: Local African American leaders to speak and rally in support of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

WHEN: Thursday, November 19, 2015, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

WHERE:  Morehouse College (Steps of Kilgore Student Center) –830 Westview Drive, Atlanta, GA 30314

WHO:  Featured Speakers

  • Rev. Raphael Warnock, Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church
  • Francys Johnson, President, Georgia NAACP
  • Kaylon Paterson, Morehouse Student and COP 21 HBCU delegate
  • Dr. Yolanda Whyte, Vice Chair, NMA Commission on Environmental Health
  • Rev. Gerald Durley, Providence Missionary Baptist Church, (Pastor Emeritus)

Ranked the number one college in the nation for educating African American students by Black Enterprise magazine, Morehouse College is the nation’s largest liberal arts college for men. Founded in 1867, the College enrolls approximately 3,000 students and confers bachelor’s degrees on more black men than any other institution in the world. In addition to offering 36 majors in the humanities, natural and social sciences, Morehouse offers a number of programs and activities to enhance its challenging liberal arts curriculum through the Leadership Center at Morehouse College, Morehouse Research Institute, and Andrew Young Center for International Affairs. Prominent alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize laureate and civil rights leader; Dr. David Satcher, U.S. Surgeon General; Sheldon “Spike” Lee, filmmaker and president of 40 Acres & A Mule Productions; Maynard H. Jackson, president of Jackson Securities and the first African-American mayor of Atlanta; and Nima A. Warfield, the first African-American Rhodes Scholar from an historically black college or university.                                                                                            ###

Last Modified: November 16, 2016, 14:11 PM, by: Synera Shelton

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