Danielle Williams

Danielle Williams is the founder of social media platform Melanin Base Camp and a co-founder of Team Blackstar Skydivers. Both organizations promote diversity in outdoor adventure sports and highlight talented adventure athletes of color. She’s also a former trail runner and a disabled skydiver with over 600 jumps.

Danielle graduated from Harvard in 2008 and has spent the last nine years in the U.S. Army with combat deployments in Iraq and the Philippines. The Army threw her out of her first plane in 2006 and she’s been in love with adventure sports ever since. Since its founding in 2014, Team Blackstar has grown from six African-American parachutists to a diverse group of 240 skydivers in six countries. Danielle recently partnered with Brown Girls Climb on Project Diversify, the first-ever video collaboration showcasing Women of Color in adventure sports. On the weekends you can find her indulging her favorite outdoor therapy: barefoot skydiving or pushing her walker around the bonfire with a little help from her friends. Blue skies!

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