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Benjamin Chavis

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.

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VOICES: Ben Chavis on the environmental justice movement's past and future

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.