Speaker Profile

Catherine Flowers

Catherine Coleman Flowers is the Rural Development Manager for the Equal Justice Initiative and founder and director of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice (CREEJ. In ad-dition, she serves as a Duke University Franklin Humanities Institute Practitioner in Residence. Her goal is to find solutions to the lack of sanitation in many parts of rural American that rival con-ditions found in the developing world. She has characterized this as “America’s Dirty Secret.” Her book, "Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret" will be published November 17. In the book, Flowers explores why so many rural low-income communities across the U.S. do not have access to basic sanitation, and she explains how systemic racism and prejudice hurt vulnerable communities in areas all over the country. It's available for preorder at https://thenewpress.com/books/waste.