Outdoor Afro is built on a focused mission – to create and inspire Black connection and leadership in nature.  On June 15th, a specially selected team of Outdoor Afro leaders will begin to ascend the highest freestanding mountain in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, climbing 19,341 feet during the course of the expedition. Follow their route and schedule here.  You can be part of the journey by attending one of the solidarity events being held around the country!

Follow the journey on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: #OAClimbsKili


Expedition Team at Outdoor Afro Leadership Training

(Top Row: Phil HendersonWandi Stew, Stephen ScottAlora JonesRay Smith, Rosemary SaalValerie Morrow;   Bottom Row: Brittany LeavittLeandra Taylor, Olatunde GbolahanTarik Moore, Katina GraysChaya Harris )


We chose to head to Tanzania for many reasons:

  1. First and Foremost – We love black people.
  2. To Deepen our Relationship with Nature – On this expedition, as with all Outdoor Afro events, our leaders will learn about the climate, wildlife, and vegetation of the land they are on and its importance.
  3. Employ Conservation Efforts – One of Outdoor Afro’s principles is to help people take better care of themselves, their communities, and the planet. Outdoor Afro leaders will practice the seven leave no trace principles and learn international customs of engaging with nature.
  4. Enhance Black Leadership Curriculum – Over the course of eight days, leaders will participate in a Black Leadership Curriculum, creating discussions and activities influenced by the history of Black American outdoor leadership in the United States.  Following this expedition, participants will share this at the annual Outdoor Afro Leader Training.

Climbing Kilimanjaro is not only a physical experience, but a cultural experience as well; not only will the team be exposed to a different culture, they will also bring a different culture.  The environment itself will naturally inspire curiosity and learning as they will hike with local guides through multiple ecosystems during the trip. The trip is set up to be enjoyable and the challenge attainable.

Learn more about this amazing team and their expedition master leaders.


Team Poses after a Training Hike in California

Blogs by the Kilimanjaro Team


Meet the Team: by Chaya Harris

 I Don’t Think I am Supposed to be Here: by Alora Jones

Grasping Possibilities – A Mother’s Motivation: by Katina Grays

Training to Climb: by Stephen Scott

Lifting as we Climb: by Tarik Moore

Integrating Training into Everyday Life: by Olatunde Gbolahan


Sharing a Moment of Gratitude and Solidarity