Mary McLeod Bethune had advocated for civil rights for African Americans her entire life and led multiple initiatives for education. For example, she spearheaded a partnership between the Sierra Club and the National Park Trust to host an event for the Washington School for Girls in Anacostia, composed of mainly African Americans, called Every Kid in a Park. The idea is for everyone to have access to their public and free park as a way to put youth more in contact with nature and help educate the next generation of environmental leaders. Kirin Kennedy and Margaret Mills spoke to the students and explained how anyone can be an environmental steward and how gender equality is essential. Photo credit: Sierra Club