NewsRacist History Sparks Name Change For This Bird Conservation Society

Racist History Sparks Name Change For This Bird Conservation Society

The Buffalo chapter of the National Audubon Society is separating itself from a racist history by dropping its name.

According to The Buffalo News, the chapter voted to remove “Audubon” from its name. The outlet noted that the society’s namesake, John James Audubon, bought and sold enslaved Africans and was involved in eugenics work. The chapter will designate a committee to vote on a new name. 
Eleven board members voted in favor of the name change, and one voted against it, according to the chapter’s Executive Director Ed Siriann. The chapter has taken a stand to protect diverse groups of people who are committed to nature and ornithology. Siriann said, according to The Buffalo News, “But recent discoveries about his [John James Audubon] character in the past significantly changed how we feel about being named after him, and we don’t feel our vision and the work we do needs to be named after him.” The executive director said, “We don’t want anyone to feel unwelcome here. Mother Nature is everyone’s mother.” 

Chapters of the leading bird conservation organization nationwide have already divorced from the name, including Seattle and Washington D.C., and others in San Francisco, Detroit, Portland, and Maine are changing their names, according to The Buffalo News.
The name change has only taken effect at the chapter level. According to the outlet, the national society’s board of directors voted to keep its name the same after a year of consideration. 

According to the Golden Gate chapter of the National Audubon Society, the artist behind “Birds of America” was born “out of wedlock” in what is now considered Haiti. Audubon’s father was a French naval officer, and his mother’s identity is unclear. Ironically, some historians have speculated that Audubon’s mother may have been an enslaved woman of color.

Source: Black Enterprise

27-Year-Old Makes History as First Black Female Pilot to Fly a Boeing 777 for Air Canada

Nationwide — Meet Zoey Williams, a 27-year-old from Ontario, Canada with four college degrees who has recently made history as Air Canada’s first Black...

Tony Yayo Reveals 50 Cent Financed ‘Final Lap’ Tour

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is taking a stand to eliminate the stigma that Black companies don’t pay well. In recent years, 50 Cent has...

Washington DC Travel & Adventure Show: Meet travel experts

The Washington DC Travel & Adventure Show will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest D.C. on Feb. 24-25. Celebrities and...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest

27-Year-Old Makes History as First Black Female Pilot to Fly a Boeing 777 for Air Canada

Nationwide — Meet Zoey Williams, a 27-year-old from Ontario,...

Tony Yayo Reveals 50 Cent Financed ‘Final Lap’ Tour

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is taking a stand to...

Newsletter

Don't miss

27-Year-Old Makes History as First Black Female Pilot to Fly a Boeing 777 for Air Canada

Nationwide — Meet Zoey Williams, a 27-year-old from Ontario,...

Tony Yayo Reveals 50 Cent Financed ‘Final Lap’ Tour

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is taking a stand to...