Natasha Harper-Madison

When Natasha Harper-Madison was diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer, her doctors told her to start preparing for the worst. But the mother of four began thinking.

Harper Madison: “What if I live? How will I live in a way that’s different from me preparing to die? I wanted to leave a legacy that my children would be proud of.”

Harper-Madison had always been passionate about the environment.

Harper Madison: “But the people around me, not so much. My mom literally said to me, ‘Black people have enough to worry about, baby, you don’t have time to worry about that.'”

But Harper-Madison understood that communities of color are often the most vulnerable to environmental harms. When she considered her own legacy, she knew she wanted to help build a more sustainable world. She began by teaching her kids to save resources.

Harper-Madison: “They recycle, they compost, they’re conservative with water and electricity use.”

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Today, her children also see her as a community leader, giving speeches about the dangers of global warming and ways to fight it. And they see her helping low-income people access healthy food. It’s work Harper-Madison calls “living my truth.”

… and it’s leaving a legacy her children and community can be proud of.

Reporting credit: Analeah Rosen/ChavoBart Digital Media.
Image graphic: Created by David McCarthy.
Photo courtesy of Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce / Hakeem Adewumi, Photographer.

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