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10 months ago

Duke Disability Alliance
De’Ja Wood and Dakota Douglas, both Duke student activists are seeking black disabled voices to bring the intersectional experience of being both black and disabled to Living While Black, the upcoming online symposium where Black students, faculty, and staff will discuss the impact of racism and racist structures on the experience of the Black community. De’Ja will be speaking at the symposium and would like to elevate the voices of many intersection Black experiences, especially that of living while Black with disabilities. Here are some words from Dakota: Recent social media coverage of police brutality and actions of white supremacy have prompted a national call to action. This new emphasis of the need to address fallacies within systems of power, and the need for meaningful allyship, serve as reminders of the vulnerable communities that live at the intersection of race and their disability status. Black people with disabilities are disproportionately affected by police brutality. I think this experience, among other disparities in access and safety for the disability community at Duke and beyond, deserve to be amplified… We would love to connect with you and black students with disabilities and allies to think about how we can bring visibility to members of the disability community. We want to demand equity and create a space to speak about police brutality and ways that Duke reinforces white supremacy and ableism. If you are willing to share your experience as a black student/community member with disabilities or as an ally to these communities, please let us know (, and we thank you all for your dedication to justice for both the Black and Disability communities. ...
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