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E-M:/ environmental justice leader Damu Smith dies

Damu Smith, long-time peace and justice activist died this morning at the age of 53.


For more than 30 years, Damu Smith was a leader in movements against apartheid, violence and police brutality, and for peace and environmental justice.


Damu was involved in environmental justice struggles in Louisana’s “Cancer Alley’ and in Michigan, supporting community struggles against waste incineration in Genesse County, Detroit, and Hamtramck.  


He worked as the Environmental Justice Coordinator for the Southern Organizing Committee for Peace & Justice, and organized Toxic Tours for Greenpeace in the south. He was a founding member of Black Voices for Peace. At the time he was diagnosed with colon cancer last year, Damu was serving as Executive Director of the National Black Environmental Justice Network.


Damu was an inspiring, articulate and powerful voice for justice. His presence in our movement will be sorely missed. A tribute to Damu Smith is posted at http://www.damusmith.org


No information is currently available about memorial/funeral arrangements.


Kathryn Savoie, Ph.D.

Environmental Program Director


Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS)

6450 Maple Street

Dearborn MI 48126

(313) 216-2225