Rev. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. is a North Carolina-born civil rights and environmental justice leader, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association.
September 28, 2022 -
The famed civil rights leader who coined the phrase "environmental racism" in a North Carolina jail recently delivered the Robert R. Wilson Distinguished Lecture at Duke University Chapel in Durham. Titled "Environmental Justice: Past, Present, and Future" and shared here, his talk commemorated the 40th anniversary of protests over toxic waste dumping in a rural Black community that sparked the environmental justice movement.