Organizers said Baltimore is known for inspiring discussion about racism across the country after the rioting last year sparked by the death of Freddie Gray, but few connect with issues many see as environmental injustice. They noted Gray had experienced lead poisoning, a long-standing problem that most affects urban families who rent their homes.
Hilton said she wants church leaders to do a better job communicating such links.
“Somehow environmental justice is an elitist concept when the reality of environmental justice impacts us every day,” she said. “This is not somebody else’s cause, but it’s our own self-care.”