Black History Month is an annual observance in the United States dedicated to celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of African Americans. This month-long celebration is an excellent opportunity to recognize the intersectionality of race and disability and the unique experiences of Black people with disabilities.
This month is a time to acknowledge the accomplishments made as well as challenges and barriers faced by this community, and to work towards creating a more inclusive and accessible society. It is important to recognize that Black individuals with disabilities have made and continue to make significant contributions to our communities and it is our responsibility to uplift their voices and stories.
You can read five stories of race and disability pioneers in the inaugural class of the WPDHAC’s “Intersection of Race and Disability Project” on our website.
This project, funded by the FISA Foundation, documents and shares the history of Western Pennsylvanians with disabilities who are people of color in order to expand the historical record and advance equity in disability rights.
The “Intersection of Race and Disability” project continues throughout 2023 with seven additional stories. The continuation of the project is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.