Making #BlackDisabledHistory: Changemakers 2021

(For more #BlackDisabledHistory, check out Ola Ojewumi’s Twitter feed. This resource will grow over the month of February. Come back for more!)

Spotlight: 3 Black Disabled Women You Should Know in 2021

Illustrated portrait of Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman

Inaugural Poet. Writer. Speaker.

Amanda Gorman: Ted-Ed

“Using Your Voice is a Political Choice”

(November 2018)

Illustrated portrait of Imani Barbarin

Imani Barbarin

Author. Advocate. Public Speaker.

Imani Barbarin Interview with Christopher Gorham

(July 2020)

Illustrated portrait of Haben Girma

Haben Girma

Disability Rights Lawyer. Author. Speaker.

Haben Girma – Interview on New Day NW

(October 2019)

Meet More Disabled Black People Speaking, Signing, and Tweeting In 2021

Claudia Gordon

First Deaf Black female attorney in the United States. U.S Department of Labor. Former White House staff. Former vice president of the National Black Deaf Advocates.

More on Claudia Gordon from the Obama Whitehouse blog.

Vilissa Thompson

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). Disability Rights Consultant, Writer, & Activist. Founder of & CEO of Ramp Your Voice!

Leroy Moore Jr.

Founder of Krip-Hop Nation, Co/Founder of Sins Invalid, Member of National Black Disability Coalition, Journalist & writer at Poor Magazine. Afro-Krip. Author.

Listen & Learn: Disability Rights Activists Speak

 What is Intersectionality? By Intersectional Souls Project [YouTube; 6 minutes] 

Leroy Moore Interview Black Disabled Activist, Dustin Gibson About Prisons & Police Brutality On PWD by Krip-Hop Nation [YouTube; 43 minutes] 

Celebrating Black Disability Rights Advocates – National Disability Rights Network

[YouTube Playlist]

How the Disability Fashion Styling System empowers people with disabilities to dress with dignity and self-reliance, TED X YCC

[YouTube; 16 minutes]

Read & Learn: Disabled Writers Write

(Alphabetical by author’s last name)

  1. The Call is Coming from Inside the House: White Supremacy and the Disability Community by Imani Barbarin for Crutches and Spice
  2. Black Deaf Culture Through the Lens of Black Deaf History by Benro Ogunyipe for the Described and Captioned Media Program 
  3. It’s Time to Listen to Black Disabled People by Vilissa Thompson for Essence Magazine 
  4. The Overlooked History of Black Disabled People by Vilissa Thompson for Rewire