From Silence to Action

The fact that we are here…is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken. ~ Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider[1] In her chapter, “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action,” […]

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Strange Fruit, Bitter Reality

In 1937, New York City teacher and songwriter Abel Meeropol composed the anti-lynching poem, “Strange Fruit.” The poem stemmed from Abel’s shock and disbelief at the reality of racial discrimination, in particular the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in 1930. The poem was published under the pseudonym Lewis Allan and was set to […]

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From “Harlem” to A Raisin in the Sun: The Pursuit of the Deferred Dream

First produced in 1959, Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun takes its name from Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem.” Hughes’ poem reflects the disillusionment many African Americans felt after World War II. Despite the sense of optimism following the end of the Great Depression and the war, continued discrimination prevented African Americans from achieving […]

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AIDS Is Not Over

By the time President Reagan spoke the word “AIDS” in 1985, over 12,000 Americans had already died of the virus. [1] Government silence during the AIDS epidemic directly resulted in the death of thousands of AIDS victims. In response, the rally cry of AIDS activists became “Silence = Death.”[2] To combat the silence, individuals with […]

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A Voice through Film

Housing is a human right. No person should have to live without adequate shelter that meets their needs. It’s no secret, however, that proper housing is not afforded to many people in the United States. For people with disabilities, the relationship with housing is much more complicated, as it is often wrapped up with care […]

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Barrier-free Access to Education?

Imagine not being able to hear the world around you. Now imagine being ostracized from society because you can’t hear. For centuries, people who were affected by a hearing impairment were barred from society and treated poorly. The stigmatization of people with disabilities, in general, has been prevalent throughout history. However, over the last two […]

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