Jacqui Patterson, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program

Jacqui Patterson is the Senior Director of NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program, where she has been pushing for environmental justice solutions for over a decade. She has been instrumental in the formation of vital partnerships having localized and national impacts.

I personally have met Jacqui at events on both coasts and even in flyover solar country, where she has worked hand-in-hand to advance equity in solar access in places like Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. Jacqui is a pure solar rock star and inspiration to many, including myself.

Jacqui helped found the Solar Equity Initiative, a partnership with United Methodist Women, Vote Solar, Sunrun, GRID Alternatives and SEIA with goals to 1) install solar in communities that need it most, 2) create career opportunities in solar, and 3) strengthen equity in solar policies around the country. PHOTO: Install launching Solar Equity Initiative.

Jacqui’s submissions

Three Little Birds, Bob Marley & The Wailers

“I love the lyrics of Three Little Birds for their sheer imagery and whimsy.”

Don’t worry about a thing. Cause every little thing gonna be all right!
Rise up this mornin, Smiled with the risin sun, Three little birds, Pitch by my doorstep
Singin sweet songs Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin, ‘This is my message to you-ou-ou…


Good Day, Nappy Roots
“I like it because the chorus is sung by children and though it’s a bit bittersweet, it is based in the reality of the lived experiences of too many of our communities.”
We’re gonna have a good day. And ain’t nobody gotta cry today
Cause ain’t nobody gonna die today……Heyyyy!

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