Beverly Wright is an environmental justice scholar and advocate, author, and civic leader. A professor of sociology, she is the founder and executive director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University, which addresses environmental and health inequities along Louisiana’s Mississippi River Chemical Corridor and the Gulf Coast region. Wright co-authored Race, Place, and the Environment After Hurricane Katrina and The Wrong Complexion for Protection: How The Government Response Endangers African American Communities. Her honors include being named one of TheGrio 100 History Makers in 2010 and receiving the 2008 EPA Environmental Justice Achievement Award. Wright received a BA from Grambling College and an MA and PhD from State University of New York at Buffalo.