Grand Canyon National Park to celebrate Black History Month with author Audrey Peterman

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GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Author and conservation activist Audrey Peterman will be at the Grand Canyon National Park for a special evening program on March 3 in honor of Black History Month.

Peterman and her husband Frank wrote the book "Legacy on the Land: A Black Couple Discovers Our National Inheritance and Tells Why Every American Should Care."

Peterman will speak at the Shrine of the Ages at 7:30 p.m. on March 3 and will present the "National Park System: A Glue that Holds America Together." During this presentation, Peterman will address how the Park Service represents our collective legacy as a nation, pivotal places where history occurred to shape our nation, how every ethnic group is part of change and history and how much we all have in common as citizens of the United States.

"I propose to highlight the commonality of the human experience and the similarity in the responses of people we've met at the Canyon, a testament to its designation as a World Heritage Site," Peterman wrote in her Grand Canyon presentation outline. "Having visited the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site in New York City, I can link the formative influences that made him the most celebrated conservation president in history, instrumental in the protection of the Grand Canyon. The fact that he was also a pivotal player in the lives of the legendary 'Buffalo Soldiers' expands the story beyond nature, beauty and history to include culture and the 'making' of America as protected in our National Park System."

Additionally, Peterman will join a ranger walk on March 1 at 10 a.m. at the Yavapai Geology Museum.

Prior to coming to the Grand Canyon, Peterman will participate in the Lava Flow Ranger Talk at 2 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument in Flagstaff. More information about this program is available by calling Sunset Crater at (928) 526-0502.

These events coordinate with the National Park Service (NPS) Healthy Parks Healthy People program to promote holistic wellness and healthy lifestyles. There are no additional fees to participate in these programs; standard park entrance fees are applicable.

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