The Adventure Gap: Why do so Few African-Americans go to National Parks?

August 23, 2015

National Parks are important to America. And not just for the environment. But for the well-being of those who visit.  Yet a large portion of the US popular has never set foot in a National Park. Especially African Americans. Independent producer James Mills wanted to know why. And he went all the way back to the Buffalo Soldiers, exploring what he calls "The Adventure Gap."

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Vote? Why does EVERY SINGLE NPR program, have to wrap itself in the black / african diaspora? Enough already . . . . give it a rest!!!

Typical half truths by James Mils who fails to mention that the buffalo soldiers were used to clear the national parks of native Americans and their ruthless genocide of entire native American tribes.

Every time you do a story on National Parks, this guy says African American's don't visit the parks. It's just NOT TRUE! African American have been visiting the parks as far back as I can remember. I have been to all of the U.S. National Parks and so has my family immediate and extended on multiple occasions and yes, I see other African Americans there. In fact, the number has continued to grow over the years. There are African American climbing clubs with members in the thousands. Please, please stop spouting that lie. As an African American I find the lie insulting.