Outdoor Afro had the pleasure of connecting with the inspiring Kweli Kitwana last week in person while in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.
She and her husband, Mosi are lifelong hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. They have hiked many State and National trails; have camped and back-packed throughout the country; and, have hosted adventures from Yosemite, California, Smokey Mountain National Forest to Kruger National Park, South Africa. They boost that they even took a 20-day camping trip throughout the Western Ozarks and through the Southern State Parks of Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia for their honeymoon!
Currently, Kweli is working to engage youth and families as an active volunteer Ambassador of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and a volunteer for the Harpers Ferry Historical Park. She has organized a host of outdoor events, including a successful African American History Hike featuring a hike through the historic Niagara Movement and the footsteps of W.E.B. Du Bois.
Our group was not prepared for the amazing hospitality, passion, and talent Kweli so generously shared with us last week. And I was so inpsired, I asked her to join our Outdoor Afro Leadership Leam to represent her area, and share her tremendous nature awareness and assets with others in our community.
As an Team Leader it is Kweli’s hope to advance Outdoor Afro events, efforts and programs. Like us, Kweli is interested in increasing the awareness and involvement of African Americans of all ages regarding what is available in the outdoors for adventure, spiritual engagement and individual wellness. Understanding and applying cultural specific attributes and connections to outdoors experience is a challenge she’s willing to tackle!
Kweli and Mosi run a quiet and intimate business from their home, focusing on hosting African Americans exploring Harpers Ferry, WV through adventure, retreat and the arts. They have five children and seven grandchildren.
Join me in welcoming Kweli!