Black Disabled Lives Matter

graphic of the black power fist against a yellow background with the infinity symbol and the words “Black Disabled Lives Matter” down the wrist. Design by @jtknoxroxs

You likely were expecting to hear Part 2 of my story as a sibling today, but I’ve decided to put my story on pause because much more important things have been happening in the world as of late.

Police brutality is not just an able-bodied black problem.

According to a 2017 study in the American Journal of Public Health, 55% of disabled black people are arrested at least once by the time they are 28 years old, while the same is true for only 37% of non-disabled black people. And there are countless stories of police brutality to go along with this statistic.

Despite this injustice, the disability community is certainly not immune to racism, as the disability rights movement and the field of disability studies have largely been led by white disabled people. As a result, we are truly missing out on the whole picture of what it means to be disabled in this country, and issues such as this haven’t been brought to the forefront of disability issues.

Right now it’s time for us to truly listen to the black disabled community.

Today I’m highlighting black disabled organizations and people to learn from and get involved with.

Please do your best to learn and understand the experiences of the black disabled community and if you can, become involved in whatever way is best for you.


Where to Donate/Organizations to Get Involved With

National Black Disability Coalition

Focused on addressing black disabled issues in the US

Nylon Magazine

Where to donate to help black people with disabilities

Sins Invalid

A disability justice based performance project

The Divas with Disabilities Project

Promoting black and brown women with disabilities in mass media and popular culture

National Alliance of Black Interpreters

National Black Deaf Advocates

Harriet Tubman Collective

A collective "striving for radical inclusion and collective liberation"


People to Follow and Learn From

Imani Barbarin

Communications Director, Disability Blogger, Content Creator, Forbes Contributor, Public Speaker, Model, and Actress

Jennifer Brea

Health activist, Filmmaker, Unrest director, #MEAction co-founder, TED Talker

Lauren “Lolo” Spencer

Actress (Give Me Liberty), model, disability lifestyle influencer, Youtuber (Give Me Liberty Movie)

Ajani “AJ” Murray

Actor (Drunk History, Speechless, Becoming Bulletproof) , Public Speaker, Writer Rep

Jen White Johnson

created the image above, and is a mother of a disabled child herself

Stephanie Thomas

Disability Fashion Stylist, Founder of Cur8able, Fashion Journalist

Tripple Cripples

Groundbreaking Platform for & by Disabled, Black & Non-Black, Women, Femmes & Non-Binary POC!


Pieces to Read and Learn From

Disability Justice - A Working Draft

by Patty Berne

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice

by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Peoples Power Assemblies Take On Police Brutality Against People With Disabilities

by Leroy Moore

Disease Is Not A Metaphor

by Cyree Jarelle Johnson,body%20is%20chaotic%20and%20unknowable.&text=Disease%20is%20not%20a,Disease%20is%20not%20hyperbole.

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