Reflecting on the National Park Service Centennial

African American Explorations

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Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. I cannot imagine a world without the beauty these spaces offer us. Nature remains the one element that grows consistently in beauty, from the majesty of the Smokey Mountains, to the roaring waterfalls of Yosemite, nature displays her beauty in ways man can never recreate.

In this era of “doing away with open spaces”, our national park sites need our protecting more than ever. I am grateful to President Obama for the work he has done in keeping these spaces open and undeveloped. The land he has protected guarantees we will not see mountaintops aglow with neon signs paving the way.

What would serenity be without the beauty of Yellowstone, or the natural pillars that make up Arches and Canyonland? How would it be to not gaze out at the wonder of the Grand Canyon or to stand in…

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