Brad Lomax: Disability Rights in Black 2020

February 4, 2020
Brad Lomax: Disability Rights in Black 2020
Black and white photo of Brad and his brother Glenn. Brad sits in a manual chairs, as Glenn sits beside him. They're both wearing suits.

Brad and his brother Glenn. Photo courtesy of Leroy Moore.

Day 4 of our Disability Rights In Black series is in dedication to Brad Lomax. Unflinching in his advocacy around Black empowerment and disability rights, Lomax was a member of the Black Panther Party (BPP), founder of the BPP supported East Oakland Center for Independent Living and protestor during the 504 sit-ins of 1977. He was joined by fellow Black Panther Chuck Jackson during the 25 day long sit-ins who not only provided attendant care for Lomax, but for several others present throughout the protest. The Black Panther Party also provided one meal a day to protestors in support of their sustained efforts compelling the government to implement section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973). Check out a phenomenal piece by the Lead On Network about Brad Lomax and learn more about the Black power of the 504 Sit-Ins in this Disability Studies Quarterly article.

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