Derrick Evans

Co-Founder, Bridge The Gulf Media Project

Derrick Evans is an environmental trailblazer, community builder, and indefatigable environmental superhero who has spoken around the world. Evans stars in a dynamic Environmental Film Festival documentary, Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek, about the incredible years-long fight to save his historic Turkey Creek community from erasure. He is a civil rights historian and a sixth-generation native of coastal Mississippi’s Turkey Creek, founded by emancipated African Americans, where he now lives.

Derrick is speaking at

Keynote Sessions
February 24, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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To view the film "Come Hell or High Water" head over to our private Film Screening Room - https://streaming.bullfrogcommunities.com/taking_nature_black_film_screening_come_hell_or_high_water

After the film, come back to Whova for a live Q&A with Derrick Evans, moderated by Brentin Mock.

Natural and man-made disasters of seemingly Biblical proportions were what former middle school teacher Derrick Evans faced after leaving Boston to return to his beloved hometown of Turkey Creek, Mississippi. Taking Nature Black will premiere Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek, a documentary by Leah Mahan that chronicles the remarkable, trailblazing journey of Evans and the Turkey Creek community as they worked to conserve and protect the rich African American cultural history and ecological knowledge of their ancestral land and water. Evans’ work in Turkey Creek has included urban planning, becoming a master naturalist, and bringing together unlikely groups to protect the area from development. After Hurricane Katrina, Evans became a regional spokesperson and a nationally known activist around issues of sustainable development and recovery of the Gulf Coast. He has also been an activist on the forefront of Hurricane Rita and the BP Deepwater Horizon spill. Join us after the film for a Q and A with Evans, co-founding Managing Advisor to the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health, to learn more about his community’s success in rescuing itself from erasure and launching new institutions that ensure its future.

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