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Honoring Black History Month & Intersectionality

One of the IDEA Committee's goals is to help spread awareness regarding the interconnectedness between race and disability. This week, we're continuing our tribute to Black History Month by focusing on this interconnectedness, also known as "intersectionality."
Image Description: Overlapping circles with the labels: Race, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Nationality, and Disability.

Intersectionality: What Is It?

“Intersectionality is a metaphor for understanding the ways that multiple forms of inequality or disadvantage sometimes compound themselves, and they create obstacles that are not understood within conventional ways of thinking about anti-racism or feminism or other social justice advocacy structures we have. Intersectionality isn’t so much a grand theory; it’s a prism for understanding certain kinds of problems.” - Kimberlé Crenshaw 
Kimberlé Crenshaw is an American lawyer, civil rights advocate, philosopher, and a leading scholar of critical race theory who developed the theory of intersectionality. (Wikipedia)
Image Description: Kimberlé Crenshaw speaks during the New York Women's Foundation's "Celebrating Women" breakfast in New York City, on May 10, 2018.
Source: Monica Schipper—The New York Women's Foundation/Getty Images
Image Description: Photo of Audre Lorde with quote "There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives." 

Disability Is Intersectional 

Keri Gray is the Founder and CEO of the Keri Gray Group. In this video interview, she addresses the intersections between the disability and African American communities. Source
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Learn More

Below are resources focused on intersectionality and Black History Month. We encourage you to explore and learn more about these topics:
Disability & Philanthropy Forum is an ongoing learning journey about equitable disability inclusion.
Intersections Between Race & Disability (with resource list)

Identity beyond Disability
Intersectional Approaches to Disability

Respectability fights stigmas and advances opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

The urgency of intersectionality  Kimberlé Crenshaw
Watch Ted Talk 

Black History Month: Virtual Events That Celebrate and Honor Black Culture
View Collection by Eventbrite
Be the Bridge has compiled a collection of educational content and resources to help fill in the gaps in our history textbooks and provide a more accurate understanding of Black history.
Be the Bridge: Honoring Black History with Truth and Action

For those who work in the behavioral health field, it is important to celebrate the numerous Black people who have made significant contributions to mental health professions in the United States.
Black Pioneers in Mental Health
NBC Out honors Black LGBTQ trailblazers of the past and present. From Gladys Bentley to James Baldwin to Marsha P. Johnson, Black LGBTQ Americans have made history with countless contributions to politics, art, medicine and a host of other industries.
16 Queer Black Pioneers who Made History
Learn More about CPWD's IDEA Committee and view all of our previous informational emails in the Email Archive.
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