Building a Movement

Season 9
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Illustration of protestors standing in front of a biohazard sign.

America has a long history of clustering heavy industry and toxic facilities in communities where people of color live. But in the 1980s, a series of events sparked a movement to fight back against these environmental injustices. We trace the history of the environmental justice movement from the farmlands of North Carolina to a watershed moment in the nation's capital.



Visit the new exhibition To Live and Breathe: Women and Environmental Justice in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum through January 7, 2024.

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