This year's Goldman Environmental Prize winner Francia Márquez returns to the University of Massachusetts to discuss how the Black Women's Mobilization for the Care of Life and Ancestral Territories confronts environmental racism through the power of black maternal love. Reflecting on nearly two decades of human rights activism in defense of her community's ancestral lands, Ms. Márquez will speak on the needs to build practical, transnational solidarity networks to face the intersecting challenges of the 21st century.
Francia Márquez is the winner of the 2018 Goldman Environmental Award as well as the 2016 Colombian National Human Rights Defender award. As the spokeswoman for the Black Women's Mobilization for the Care of Life and Ancestral Territories, Ms. Márquez continues to organize at the grassroots and international level in defense of black land tenure and political autonomy. A law student, and mother of two, she served as the legal representative of her community's ancestral afro-descendant community council, and as a delegate to the peace negotiations that ended Colombia's 50+ year civil war.