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Dr. Robert Bullard

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A professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at the Texas Southern University, Dr. Robert Bullard is known as the father of environmental justice! His work explores the pollution of minority communities and environmental racism in the United States. An author of eighteen award-winning books, his book published in 2000, Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class, and Environmental Quality, is an academic essential in Environmental Justice studies. Dr. Bullard’s most recent published works include Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States, published in 2011, and The Wrong Complexion for Protection in 2012. His work has been amplified by the powerful grassroots organization Sierra Club, as he was the first African American to win their John Muir Award in 2013 and their Environmental Justice Award in 2014. His environmental justice work has been recognized by many organizations, including President Joe Biden, who placed him on the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council.

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