'Black disabled and Deaf artists have always existed. They were on street corners down South singing the Blues, spray-painting on New York subways, and bringing sign language to the big screen. Today, young Black disabled artists are finding their own way to the stage and studio. As a Black disabled youth in the 1970s and 1980s, I wished that there was a book like the one you are holding now. No more wishing—the book is here!'
Originally written as a children’s book, Black Disabled Art History 101 can appeal to a broad range of readers from young children to adults. This ground-breaking book is the first of its kind, focusing on disability identity, art, and culture in the Black community; and, as such, creates the space for conversations that can move the dominant narrative of a disability from overcoming to pride.
Poet, activist, and music archivist Leroy Franklin Moore Jr. was born in New York City in 1967 with cerebral palsy. Founder of the Krip-Hop Nation project and cofounder of Sins Invalid, Moore writes, lectures, and performs about the intersections of race and disability issues both in the United States and abroad. His lecture series, “On the Outskirts: Race & Disability,” grew from his experiences with the black disability movement in London. Krip-Hop emerged from his interest in black musicians marginalized because of their disabilities. “The mission of Krip-Hop Project,” Moore has written, “is to get the musical talents of hip-hop artists with disabilities into the hands of media outlets, educators, hip-hop, disabled and race scholars, youth, hip-hop conference coordinators, and agents and to report the latest news about musicians with disabilities.”
Nicola McClung was a teacher in San Francisco public schools for eight years prior to receiving her doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on critical literacy and multiliteracies during early childhood, and she examines children’s literature and identity development for students who are often marginalized in print. She is also interested in critical quantitative research and the use of statistics to promote equity and social change. She is the cofounder of Xochitl Justice Press.