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A message from Commissioner McCosh: Black History Month

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Disabilities Commission

A weekly message from Commissioner McCosh in support of the local disability community.

Dear Disability Community Members,

As we know, the disability community includes people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, racial and economic backgrounds. There is a strong effort underway to recognize this intersectionality in the disability community - not only to ensure inclusion, but to ensure Civil Rights to those in every protected class.

The ADA came on the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, and it provided a model for disability advocates to follow. Although we have a lot more work to do on equity for people of color and for people with disabilities, these laws have given advocates a path forward.

On that note, I want to take a few moments to talk about Black History Month, celebrated during February to honor the accomplishments of people of color. I’d like to highlight the work of some strong African American disability advocates. The short list below includes names of some people who you might recognize, but you may not know had a disability.

You can read more about the accomplishments of Black people with disabilities at RespectAbility, who put together this list. We honor their work and continue to follow in their footsteps

As always, please feel free to reach out to us if you need any information or assistance. You can dial 311 to reach City Hall, or call us at 617-635-3682. Our email is disability@boston.gov  and the latest updates are available at Boston.gov

Until next week, please stay informed, stay safe, and stay healthy. 

Sincerely,

Commissioner Kristen McCosh