WHY YOU WANT TO LISTEN:
Hattie Carthan is the mother of the urban environmental movement in America that she single-handedly kicked off when she got fed up with watching her Brooklyn neighborhood deteriorate. Her mantra was: Save a Tree, Save a Neighborhood, and she pursued it relentlessly — leading a grassroots movement well into her 70s. Marlon Rice, Executive Director of the Magnolia Tree Earth Center, the non-profit dedicated to environmental education that Hattie started, talks to us about her work and legacy.
ABOUT OUR GUEST:
Marlon Rice is the Founder of The Magnolia Initiative, an educational outreach program borne from his work as Executive Director at the Magnolia Tree Earth Center, an environmental non-profit based in Central Brooklyn. And, while his passion is in community service, Marlon is a man who wears many hats, among them author, journalist, and business consultant.
Marlon is a published author and the former Culture Editor for Heart and Soul Magazine. He is a contributing writer for numerous blogs, he has appeared in the Amsterdam News and he produces a weekly column in Our Time Press called The Thinker’s Notebook. Marlon is the Creator and Lead Instructor of First Voice, a writing workshop geared to introducing elementary school students to creative writing. Marlon is also the Owner of Good People NYC, a consulting firm geared to providing support to restaurants and lounges in the city with regards to customer service, revenue strategies, and brand management.
Marlon believes that community is essential, and serving the community is an absolute requirement. A marathon runner and father of 3, Marlon takes the most pride in his job as a father.
OTHER GOOD THINGS TO DO, HEAR & READ:
- DIG DEEPER at the Brooklyn Historical Society, which holds materials related to the development of the Magnolia Tree Earth Center in the Robert Vadheim Brooklyn neighborhood renewal and development collection, 1962-1987 (call number 1987.002), in Box 1, Folder 3.
- VISIT the only living landmark in NYC, the Magnolia grandiflora Hattie saved, at 679 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. Then visit the thriving Hattie Carthan Community Garden and Market.