Category Archives: Profiles

Black #Disability (Making) History: Rabia Belt, Legal Historian

Rabia Belt is a legal historian whose scholarship focuses on broad and diverse issues including 19th and 20th century U.S. History, Disability History, Legal History, Law of Democracy, History of Suffrage, African American History, American Indian History, and Gender History. … Continue reading

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Black #Disability History Month: Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Aaron Bishop serves as Commissioner, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD). He has been serving in the role of Commissioner since November 2013, but his experience in the work addressing the disability community stretches beyond his time at AIDD. … Continue reading

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Black #Disability History: L. Dara Baldwin, Disability Ombudsman

You’re sitting in a meeting of civil rights leaders discussing  the spike of officer involved shootings and they’re discussing the profiles of the victims when a hand shoots up and a voice with a serious Jersey accent shouts, “You better … Continue reading

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Black #Disability History: Richmond Barthé, Sculptor of the Harlem Renaissance

James Richmond Barthé, (January 28, 1901 – March 5, 1989) Barthé is best known for his portrayal of black subjects. The focus of his artistic work was portraying the diversity and spirituality of man. Born in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, … Continue reading

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Black #Disability History: Cliff Perez, Advocate for Independent Living

Cliff Perez works in the field of advocacy to enhance and defend the rights of people with disabilities. A native of Troy, New York, Cliff has been involved on a very personal level, with disability issues all of his life. … Continue reading

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Black #Disability (Making) History: Keri Gray, NCIL Youth Transitions Fellow

The independent living movement has always fostered the belief that we as individuals with disabilities have the power to change the world to be accessible and inclusive of all people. These ideals have never been more alive than they have … Continue reading

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