Ekene Ijeoma’s Black Mobility and Safety in the US course this fall will include a series of public guest lectures around living while Black. Tune in for the next event, featuring Marcus Franklin, on September 29 at 2pm.
Marcus Franklin is an environmental advocate, whose research confronts environmental injustice that disproportionately impacts communities of color and low-income communities in the United States. As a former Research and Systems Manager for the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice program, his work centered on strengthening the resilience of communities of color in response to climate change concerns, such as toxic pollution, severe heat and extreme storms. With Lesley Fleischman from the Clean Air Task Force (CATF), he co-authored “Fumes Across the Fence-Line The Health Impacts of Air Pollution from Oil & Gas Facilities on African American Communities” (2017). This report examines the health impacts on breathing while Black for communities who live near polluting oil and gas facilities. Marcus Franklin holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Cornell University.