The Rev. Leo Woodberry image

Rev. Leo Woodberry has a long history of combating racism and promoting justice. During a rash of African American church burnings in the 1990s throughout the South, he worked with the South Carolina Burned Church Restoration Coalition to bring the arsonists to justice and shut down the operations of the Ku Klux Klan in South Carolina. He has long worked to address issues of environmental racism and climate justice, first working with the African American Environmental Justice Action Network in the 1990’s to organize community members around mercury contamination in fish and waterways from pollution from coal-burning power plants, an issue in his county where fish are subsistence food for low-income citizens. He was active in a coalition that prevented the construction of the Pee Dee coal plant, arguing that it would bring pollution and negative health impacts to the community while failing to deliver promised economic benefits and jobs. Rev. Woodberry has served on the Steering Committee of the Peoples Climate Movement and is nationally recognized as an environmental justice leader in the black church community. — Florence, SC, USA