Happy Black History Month, everyone! We can collectively acknowledge that Black individuals experience different roadblocks and dangers compared to others. Historically, the achievements of Black people have been repeatedly overshadowed and underappreciated. How can we celebrate their contributions and educate ourselves about the experience of Black individuals? One great way is to identify and support Black creators and businesses.
According to the National Disability Institute, there are links between poverty, race, and disability in the U.S. How do Black individuals with disabilities navigate both of these identities and the struggles often associated with them? As a White woman, I cannot share my personal experiences here—even though I can sympathize and educate myself, I will never be able to fully understand what it feels like to live as a Black person, or someone with a disability. This is where my recommended books come in!
Books, videos, and other materials created by people within a certain community are some of the best ways to educate ourselves and understand other people’s experiences. This does not mean that all depictions and representations are accurate and appropriate—we still need to be mindful of how media and books portray groups of individuals! However, these books have been carefully selected to create a better understanding of the experiences of Black people with disabilities, with a focus on creators who speak from their own personal experiences.
“The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me” was written by Keah Brown, a Black woman who was born with cerebral palsy. This book is a collection of essays that tackles individual identity, intersectionality, and self-love with humor and poise. The title refers to how Keah’s twin able-bodied sister was always referred to as ‘the pretty one’. Learn about Keah’s experiences, struggles, and triumphs as a Black woman with a disability.
About the Author:
She is a graduate student at Illinois State University and has decided to create blogs for Marcfirst in the coming months to build awareness about important topics. Marissa has a background in women’s and gender studies, and uses this to locate high-quality research and understand diverse points of view that she herself can never fully experience.
Disclaimer: The views expressed are Marissa's and do not necessarily represent the official views of Marcfirst.
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