From Vilissa Thompson, LMSW: Black Disabled Woman 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.”
Vilissa is also the creator of #DisabilityTooWhite and #WOCwD: Women of Color with Disabilities. She is an official #MacroSW chat partner and has also been featured in Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian’s The People Who Inspire Series.
The Black Disabled Woman Syllabus contains a multitude of resources in the following categories:
- Black Feminism/Womanism
- The Black Disabled Body & Identity
- Articles About Black Feminism and/or Disability
- Books About Blackness in America
- Fiction and Poetic Works
- Audio and Video
Visit The Black Disabled Woman Syllabus for more information.
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones