Oberlin College Students and Faculty Take Environmental Samples in Africatown

Oberlin College Students and Faculty Take Environmental Samples in Africatown
Continuing Oberlin’s Tradition of ‘Community-Based Learning’ and Social Justice

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015, AFRICATOWN, MOBILE, AL – Oberlin College has a long tradition of social justice, and the nearly 1,000 miles traveled for their Africatown ‘Community-Based Learning’ experience is no exception. 5 students and 2 faculty members will disembark Saturday on the 14 hour drive arriving in time for rest ahead of a busy schedule.

Sunday will see the students visit Africatown’s Union, Yorktown, and First Hopewell Baptist churches followed by a luncheon and tour of Africatown’s historic sites and the industrial incursion it is currently experiencing. Monday through Wednesday the students will be taking a variety of samples of different media testing for toxic environmental contamination long-suspected of contributing to the raft of chronic health problems from which Africatown’s residents suffer. Continue reading