Celebrating 21 years of promise, change, & action!

The 2019 EJ Summit

Reclaiming Our Power

Reclaiming Our Power is ultimately the ability to create a desired result. It is the ability to attract and create circumstances that lead to our gain, which in turn build our own sense of power. In other words, we become even more powerful each time we use our power responsibly to create what we want. It has a cumulative effect.  No one can take our power from us unless we give it away.  As we participate in the Summit this year, we want to identify ways in which we have given away our power and then explore ways in which we will regain our power as we go forward in our individual communities and our collective communities.  We look forward to seeing you at the Summit on Oct. 18 & 19, 2019.

Our annual environmental justice summit has been a cornerstone critical to the resilience of our network. It’s an opportunity for us to gather together, exchange knowledge and experience, share our stories, and be refreshed to take on the important, difficult work ahead. We’re celebrating change – where we’ve been and what we’ve done. And we’re celebrating action – the steps that we will take to get us to where we want to go.

We are revolutionaries. We choose revolution when we choose to challenge the status quo – when our actions are counter to the systems that oppress us. Twenty years of the NC Environmental Justice Network is a revolution. Our collaboration, commitment to each other, and mutual support is a revolution.

Meeting Location

Historic Franklinton Center at Bricks
Edgecombe County
Us Highway 301, South of Enfield & North of Whitakers
Whitakers, NC 27891
Location Details: http://www.ucc.org/franklinton-center/

Event Dates

October 18-19, 2019 – Add it to your calendar!

Fill out the online registration forms linked below.

General Registration (lodging NOT included):
  • $120 for Friday
  • $120 for Saturday
  • $160 for both days

General Registration online form (click here for form)


Impacted Community Scholarship Registration
— (lodging at Franklinton Center included) — FREE

Impacted Community Scholarship Registration online form (click here for form)


Student Work Exchange Registration (dorm lodging including)
— only offered to those students who cannot subsidize the general registration costs from other funding sources — $50 flat fee + volunteering at the EJ Summit

Student Work Exchange Registration online form (click here for form)


Registration Payment: Please proceed to paying for your registration. You may use PayPal/ credit card, check, money orders, or pay on-site. Please make checks or money orders payable to: NCEJN Mail to: P.O. Box 68, Rocky Mount, NC 27802

Instructions for using PayPal to pay via credit card or PayPal account:

Option 1: Click here to be taken directly to NCEJN’s PayPal link. In the notes box, please mention that this is for your registration fee for the 2019 EJ Summit (e.g. “Friday only 2019 Summit” or “donation for 2019 Summit”).

Option 2: You may pay with your credit card through a PayPal link provided on NCEJN’s website. Go to https://ncejn.org/. On the right side of the page, there is a “Donate to NCEJN” button. Click on that. Enter the cost of your registration fee. If you do not have a PayPal account, but would like to use a credit card, there is an option for using a credit card. Click on that. This will allow you to enter in your credit card information. In the notes box, please mention that this is for your registration fee for the 2019 EJ Summit (e.g. “Friday only 2019 Summit” or “donation for 2019 Summit”). Once your payment is submitted, it goes directly to our NCEJN PayPal account.

Thank you for registering for the 2019 EJ Summit! If you would like to make any changes to your registration, please contact the EJ Summit Coordinators. We look forward to seeing you in October.



If you are requesting lodging at the Franklinton Center, please fill out the Lodging questions in the registration form.

Lodging at the Franklinton Center will be reserved for those requesting the Impacted Community Scholarship and the Student Work Exchange until September 30, then available rooms will be opened up to General Registrants (i.e. lodging for scholarships is not guaranteed after September 30). All Franklinton Center rooms will have at least 2 people per room. All registrants that have requested lodging at the Franklinton Center must notify the Coordinators by October 10 if lodging is no longer needed; otherwise, you will be required to pay $25 for the dorm room and $40 for the hotel-style room.

Those that are General Registrants and would prefer to stay at the Franklinton Center will be put on a waiting list. On October 2, any available rooms on-site will be assigned to the General Registrants on the waiting list. Dorms will cost $25 per person and hotel-style rooms will cost $40 per person. People that do not want to stay on-site or that need to have lodging secured prior to October can reserve a room at the Country Inn & Suites for $79.00 per night for Friday night under the reservation name NCEJN.

Additional Off-site Lodging information for General Registrants: The Country Inn & Suites has reserved 10 rooms for the EJ Summit attendees. You are responsible for contacting the hotel directly to book your rooms and to make it known if you are willing to share the double queen room with another EJ Summit attendee. The King rooms also have a roll out bed for an additional $10.00 if you would like that option. When you call the Country Inn & Suites, make sure to say you would like to book one of the rooms reserved for NCEJN.

The room rates are $89.00 per night for Friday night only under the reservation name NCEJN. The deadline cutoff date to reserve a room is October 1st. The NCEJN reserved rooms at the Country Inn & Suites will be released by the end of October 7. Any reservation cancellations will have to be made by October 12th.

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Rocky Mount, NC
672 English Road, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, 27804, US
p: +1 (252) 442-0500  f: +1 (252) 442-0964


2019 EJ Summit Agenda! 

Friday, October 18 (all events will be in the auditorium, unless otherwise noted)

12:00pm-12:55pm      Registration & Lunch

1:00pm-1:15pm          Welcome: Naeema Muhammad, NCEJN Organizing Director

& Vivian Lucas, Director of The Franklinton Center at Bricks

(15 minute break — Check out the Research Posters)

1:30pm- 3:30pm         Research Presentations

(15 minute break — Check out the Research Posters)

3:45pm-6:15pm          Community Speak-out and Government Listening Session

(30 minute break — Check out the Research Posters)

6:45pm-9:30pm          Dinner, Film screening (Right to Harm)

9:30pm-bedtime          Networking, drum circle and other music**


Saturday, October 19

7:30am-8:30am           Breakfast

8:30am-8:50am           Welcome

8:50am-9:50am           Plenary: Complete overview of NCEJN Issues

Panel: Bobby Jones, La’Meshia Kaminski (LA), Donna Chavis, Elizabeth Haddix

(10 minute break — Check out the Research Posters)

10:00am-11:15am       Community Conversations

  1. Community Science Monitoring Demo (outdoors)

Panel: Sacoby Wilson & students

  1. National Black Food & Justice Alliance presentation (auditorium)

Panel: Dara Cooper

(15 minute break — Check out the Research Posters)

11:30pm-1:00pm        Lunch, Awards Ceremony, and Keynote Speaker: Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson (Highlander Center)

(15 minute transition time)

1:15pm -2:30pm         Plenary: Citizen Science Panel

Panel: Omega Wilson, Sacoby Wilson, Sherneka Johnson, Devon Hall, Caren Cooper

(15 minute break — Check out the Research Posters)

2:45pm-3:15pm          Closing

*** Please feel free to bring your own instruments for the networking and music time.

Additional information 

Please also check out our other EJ Summit pages:

Call for Research Presentations – We invite all interested parties who would like to present at the 2019 EJ Summit to submit papers that address environmental justice topics from any disciplinary perspective, including environmental sciences, social sciences, humanities, law, journalism, public health and medicine.

Awards – Know some amazing EJ Activists? Consider nominating them for one of our awards: EJ Youth Vanguard Award, NCEJN Community Resilience Award, or Steve Wing International Environmental Justice Award

Sponsorship  – Able to help sponsor the EJ Summit? Go here to learn how to contribute money to the 21st Annual EJ Summit.

History of EJ Summit page – Go here to learn about the history of the EJ Summit as well as find archived programs, pictures, and videos from past EJ Summits. If you have additional archival materials from past EJ Summits that are not shown on this page, we welcome you to share those materials with NCEJN. Please contact the EJ Summit Coordinators (ncejsummit@gmail.com) with that information.


I am a link in the chain, and the link in the chain will not break here!