| NBEJN History | Leadership
The National Black
Environmental Justice Network (NBEJN) is a national preventive
health and environmental/economic justice network with affiliates
in 33 states and the District of Columbia. NBEJN members include
some of the nation's leading African American grassroots environmental
justice activists, community organizers, researchers, lawyers,
public health specialists, technical experts, and authors
addressing the intersection of public health, environmental
hazards, and economic development within Black communities.
NBEJN was formed in December 1999 during an emergency gathering
of African American leaders. We came together in New Orleans,
Louisiana to map out strategies to address environmental and
health disparities in the African American community.