The purpose of this campaign is the bring awareness to African American/Black individuals who have contribute to Black History and Disability History.
African Americans with disabilities, genetic conditions and chronic illnesses have contributed much to the fabric of American History. From the historic 504 Sit-Ins to the landmark Olmstead Decision, the impact of these individuals is unmistakable. Within Black History, people with lived with these various circumstances have been largely swept under the rug along with their notable contributions, as a result of ableism. It is my hope to share the stories of a few individuals who deserve to have their stories heard. Join me as we dive into Disability, Albinism and Chronic Illness in Black History
Mayia pays tribute to Rev. Jesse Douglas, an African American Minister who lived with Albinism and made History. A special thanks to the Estate and family members of Rev. Jesse Douglas for allowing me to utilize these images.
There's something powerful about seeing your condition in history. Rev. Jesse Douglas was a man on a mission to change the state of society through the collaborative fight for justice. Learning of his story reminds me that we get to be the change we desire to see around us.
A special thank you to Mrs. Adrienne Douglas Vaulx, the daughter of Rev. Jesse Douglas for allowing me to utilize the images of her father to encapsulate his unique story.
This Black History Month project has been 3 months in the making. And while I sought to encourage and educate others through its formulation, I have been greatly impacted on a personal level. One of the things that stood out to me about Mr. Bradley Lomax was how he did not shy away from involvement. He pursued the change he wanted to see and used his experiences to mobilize others. He as well as the other individuals involved in the 504 Sit-Ins, sacrificed the comforts of home, faced hunger, and exacerbated symptoms, to sit in a federal building over 28 days, to gain the attention of the government, in hopes that they enforce what had been legally passed as the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Lois Curtis is a part of Black Disability History. She used her testimony of unnecessary institutionalization to help bring about the verdict of the Supreme Court Olmstead Decision of 1999. This decision established that people with disabilities had the right to exercise self-determination in housing their circumstances as well as the ability to request reasonable accommodation within a community. This landmark case ruled that the unjustified segregation of people with disabilities was illegal.
Her story inspires me because it reminds me that I am worthy of experiencing community to the fullest and that my disabilities are not a hindrance. Sometimes we need to be reminded that is not that we are not a burden, it's that we live in a society that chooses to see disabilities as a negative thing.....I hope to change that.
Thank you for rocking with me on this journey!