The Daily - June 11,2022 - 26

FEATURE
Nuptse (25,791
feet) towers over
the village of
Lobuche in the
Khumbu Valley.
is only half of the journey. Just
as the members of the Full Circle
team had to negotiate a challenging,
more dangerous descent back
to Base Camp, the work of DEI
continues as we create space for
a newly inspired and motivated
generation of outdoor enthusiasts
to follow their example.
" This moment should be celebrated.
These climbers should be
respected and hailed as cultural
icons for this phenomenal thing
that they did and the kind of the
space that they're creating to allow
people to reconceptualize how they
relate to the outdoor environment, "
says Dr. Noelle Trent, director of
interpretation, collections, and
education at the National Civil
Rights Museum in Memphis,
Tennessee. " But it is in no way a
symbol that we're done. A group
of Black people needed to summit
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Mount Everest to remind us that
there are still mountains to climb,
to remind us that we can still
achieve what seems impossible.
But it's not the end of the journey. "
The National Civil Rights
Museum will create an exhibit
to commemorate the Full Circle
Everest Expedition as part of the
long road to freedom for Black
Americans. As the repository of
documents, photographs, and
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artifacts that preserve the legacy
of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the
museum aims to illustrate the
metaphor, so often mentioned
in his most famous speeches,
of ascending to the " mountain
top " with items of clothing and
equipment used by the climbers in
Nepal. " It is definitely a moment
in our history for us to celebrate,
to revel, " Dr. Trent says. " But we
also need to continue to draw in " THE
WHOLE IDEA WAS TO INSPIRE
A GENERATION OF BLACK PEOPLE
WHO BELIEVE IN NO LIMITATIONS,
WHO BELIEVE THAT THEY CAN DO
ANYTHING THAT IS NEAR IMPOSSIBLE. "
-SIBUSISO VILANE
spiration. There's much more work
to be done. "
THE OUTDOOR INDUSTRY IS
rapidly rapidly beginning to recognize
many of the things that must
be done to create a professional
environment that better represents
a population of U.S. citizens that
is growing more ethnically diverse
year after year. The Black Lives
Matter movement and the racial justice
protests through the summer of
2020 following the deaths of George
Floyd, Amaud Arbury, Breonna
Taylor, and others have prompted
many organizations to make
changes in the way they do business.
Lauren Guthrie leads inclusion,
diversity, equity, and action for the
VF Corporation. As a novice hiker,
she walked with the Full Circle team
to Everest Base Camp to experience
this expedition firsthand.
JAMES EDWARD MILLS

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