Rev is listed as a guest speaker for one of our discussions but he does not work at Cumberland Lodge. We cannot share his contact details and it is not always possible for us to pass on contact enquiries to past speakers.
Rev Lennox Yearwood Jr is the President & Founder of Hip Hop Caucus, a minister, community activist, US Air Force veteran, and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life.
Rev Yearwood entered the world of Hip Hop Politics as the Political and Grassroots Director for the Hip Hop Summit Action Network in 2003 and 2004, and as a key architect of P Diddy’s “Vote Or Die!” campaign in a run-up to the 2004 Presidential Election. To carry the energy of the efforts beyond election day, he founded Hip Hop Caucus in September of 2004. The goal of Hip Hop Caucus is to build a powerful and sustainable organisation for the culture’s role in the civic process and empowerment of communities impacted first and worst by injustice.
As a non-profit, non-partisan, multi-issue organisation, Hip Hop Caucus focuses on addressing core issues impacting underserved and vulnerable communities, with programmes and campaigns that support solution-driven community organising led by today’s young leaders.
As a national leader and pacemaker within the Green Movement, Rev Yearwood has been successfully bridging the gap between communities of colour and environmental issue advocacy. With a diverse set of celebrity allies, he has raised awareness and action in communities that are often overlooked by traditional environmental campaigns and elected officials.
He is a leader in campaigns calling for divestment from fossil fuels causing climate change, increasing diversity in the climate movement, ensuring everyone has clean water and air, and international efforts to address climate change. He has also fought on the frontlines for vulnerable communities, including at the international climate negotiations in Paris and efforts to fight new oil pipeline developments in Maryland and at Standing Rock. He has received numerous awards for his work, including being dubbed as a New Green Hero by Rolling Stone and recognised by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change.
In 2018, he helped launch Think 100%, Hip Hop Caucus’ award-winning climate communications and activism platform. Comprised of podcast, film, music, and activism opportunities, the platform challenges environmental injustices and shares just solutions to the climate crisis, including a transition to 100% renewable energy for all.