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Outdoor and Digital Strategist
Outdoor Afro
Rue Mapp founded Outdoor Afro, a website community that reconnects African-Americans with natural spaces and one another through recreational activities such as camping, hiking, biking, boating, gardening, and skiing.

Outdoor Afro uses social media to create interest communities, events, and to partner with parents and organizations that support diverse participation in the Great Outdoors.

During her childhood, Rue Mapp split her time between urban Oakland, California and her families’ working ranch in the Northern woodlands, where she cultivated a passion for natural spaces, farming, and learned how to hunt and fish. As a youth, her participation in the Girl Scouts and Outward Bound broadened her outdoor experiences, such as camping, mountaineering, rock climbing, and road bicycling. But Rue was troubled by the consistently low numbers of participating women and girls of color. So Rue became committed to using the internet as an important and practical tool to connect with people of color around shared outdoor interests. Outdoor Afro emerged from that commitment.

Rue has a B.A. in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied the artistic representation of the American forests. She is also a successful entrepreneur whose game and hobby store start-up (It’s Your Move) remains an important part of the Oakland community. Rue currently lives in Albany, California with her children.
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Rue's Blog

Outdoor Afro Halloween!

Some folks my age think Halloween is radically different now than when we were kids, but it really isn’t. Kids still love and anticipate dressing up, getting a ton of free candy, and a sanctioned roam of the streets after nightfall. For me and my friends, it’s one of those childhood activities that keep evolving over time, with more elaborate parties to attend and more decadent costumes to fuss over as adults.

As a child, I actually… Continue

Posted on October 31, 2009 at 12:31am — 1 Comment

It’s Summertime: Where are the Children?

Re-posted from Outdoor Afro, August 13, 2009

Each 1970’s and early 80’s summer in Oakland, California meant freedom. Summer meant my friends and I left our houses as early as we could, and dreaded the sight of flickering street lamps in the evening. We sometimes spent an entire day riding our bikes to the nearest convenience store 5 miles away, or roaming the neighborhood by roller skate or “tennis” shoe.

We had… Continue

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 9:30pm

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At 10:24am on September 18, 2009, amy pertschuk said…
Rue -- I read your blog and it's wonderful!! Also loved browsing the folks on your blog roll. wow. great allies.
At 9:13pm on September 16, 2009, amy pertschuk said…
Hey Rue, welcome to C&NN Connect. I love your site and the work you're doing. Hope to link you into the Natural Leaders Network team -- a few Outdoor Afros there -- and Brother Yusuf is amazing! Not sure he's signed up here yet -- track him down. He'd love to hear about your work too.

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