Black Disabled Woman Syllabus

  1. Black Disabled Woman Syllabus: A Compilation

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    Syllabus

    Over the past few weeks, I have been approached by individuals who wanted to understand the Black disabled experience, particularly the plight of Black disabled women and why our struggles matter.  (The inquiries picked up when I published my “Lemonade” post last week.)  I noticed a pattern from those who asked of my knowledge and personal reflections:  many are ignorant of the experiences of Black Americans in general, Black women particularly, and when broken down further, Black disabled women specifically.  

    I decided that as someone who views herself as an “educator” within my advocacy scope, it would be fitting to create a compilation of books, essays/articles, speeches, music, and other bodies of work that accurately explains the diverse forms of Blackness that exists for Black women, and how the lives of Black disabled women meshed within that discourse.  

    I asked some of my incredible friends and fellow advocates for resource recommendations for this idea, and was provided a wealth of information that surpassed my hopes in establishing a “syllabus” of our intersectional experience.  

    The Black Disabled Woman Syllabus is a “living” document; meaning that I aspire to update it as needed, when resources become available that should be added to it.  In order to do that, I need your help:  If there are bodies of work that should be on the syllabus, there are two ways to make recommedations:

    1. Use the hashtag #BDWSyllabus on social media to share your recs.
    2. Email me at Vilissa@rampyourvoice.com.
      Subject heading of your email should read:  “BDW Syllabus Recommendation.”


    There’s only one thing left to say:  Class is now in session.

    *If you reference or quote from this syllabus, please use the suggested citation:

    Thompson, Vilissa.  (May 5, 2016). Black Disabled Woman Syllabus. Ramp Your Voice! http://rampyourvoice.com/2016/05/05/black-disabled-woman-syllabus-compilation/

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