This article first appeared in the interdisciplinary journal Parks Stewardship Forum under the title “Coloring Outside the Lines | Connecting the Dots: Why does what and who came before us matter?” Bay Nature is republishing it with permission. Read the … Read more
Alan Spears joined the National Parks Conservation Association in 1999 and is currently the senior director of cultural resources in the Government Affairs department. A graduate of Howard University, he serves as NPCA’s resident historian and cultural resources expert. He has also served as the staff lead or co-lead on several recent national monument campaigns. Earlier in his career with NPCA, Alan managed the National Parks Community Partners program, an initiative that connected national parks in several urban areas to more racially and ethnically diverse constituents.