Returning to the National Parks
By Amy Marquis
“You shouldn’t have to convince people to go to paradise,”
--Shelton Johnson, Ranger, Yosemite National Park
Although our national parks belong to all Americans, it’s a sad fact that very few people of color ever set foot in some of our country’s most beautiful places. Take a journey to Yosemite National Park with the Amazing Grace 50+ Club, a Los Angeles-based senior church group whose members are looking to reverse that trend.
At the emotional heart of the video is an interpretation of the Buffalo Soldier experience by Yosemite Park Ranger Shelton Johnson. Read about some of his challenges portraying this aspect of park history, and his thoughts on why African Americans are the group least likely to have a wilderness experience.
Click here to learn more about efforts to bring more diverse visitors to the parks.
Visit the NPS website to learn more about Buffalo Soldiers in Yosemite