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Honoring Black History Month
(& Beyond)

In the past year(s), we've witnessed horrific violence against Black Americans, including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others. It’s important to understand that these instances are not new to our country and they continue to occur, despite the recent convictions and outrage. Unless we make a conscious effort to keep raising awareness around the importance of racial justice, no long-lasting change will occur. We must condemn all racism, not just when the camera captures it, otherwise the outrage fades and we become complacent. In order for us to create progress toward racial equity, we must understand our differences, cultural backgrounds, and histories (including valuable contributions). Being anti-racist is ongoing work. Please review the information and resources below to learn more. Then, find ways to help create and maintain positive change!
Image Description: "Celebrate Black History" written above a drawing of a black woman speaking "When I liberate myself, I liberate others. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. Nobody's free until everybody's free."
"Every February, the U.S. honors the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape the nation. Black History Month celebrates the rich cultural heritage, triumphs and adversities that are an indelible part of our country's history.

This year's theme, Black Health and Wellness, pays homage to medical scholars and health care providers. The theme is especially timely as we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected minority communities and placed unique burdens on Black health care professionals." (

What’s Next? Keep Learning!

Below you will find a resource list of recommended videos, books, and websites so you can keep learning about these topics. The foundation of the civil rights/Black Lives Matter and disability rights/Independent Living movements were based on the desire to create a society where everyone is treated equally and provided the same opportunities. Through education and communities joining together, we can do our part to work toward achieving this equality that’s a basic human right for all. 
“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime...”   Rep. John Lewis

Learn More

Below are resources focused on intersectionality, black history, and disability rights. We encourage you to explore and learn more about these topics:


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Click an image above or link below to the view book on Amazon.


National Black Disability Coalition: 
Resource list

Black Disability History, Vol. I:
Reclaiming the Black Disabled Experience

African Americans and Disability Advocacy
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

Independence Now: The Black Panthers and Disability History

Honoring Black History Month: Unsung Heroes of the Disability Rights Movement
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 
Learn More about CPWD's IDEA Committee and view all of our previous informational emails in the Email Archive.
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