Yoo Hoo! LBJ Presidential Library…Disability Rights ARE Civil Rights

Once in awhile something wonderful makes me fall in love with the disability movement all over again. I am now heart expanded and all a flutter mushily loving our people, our leaders, our head over heels commitment to full societal inclusion… take out all the stops! Last week Texas ADAPT issued a statement saying that the LBJ Presidential Library was hosting a summit about the 1964 civil rights act. Topics being covered included not just the classes addressed by the 1964 legislation but nearly everything tangentially related except the kitchen sink and..people with disabilities.  But what made me fall in love with us all over again was the way our community came together in the days following the call from Texas ADAPT. The National Council on Disability (NCD) whipped out a statement calling on the LBJers to include disability and then the National Disability Leadership Alliance (NDLA) flew forth with one too.  The ADA Legacy Project is putting out a release. And these statements are blanketing social media and disability nation. Below you will find the ADAPT media advisory for the April 7 press conference in Austin (and check out the list of LBJers included topics) and links to statements from NCD and NDLA.

Oh Doctor, we are fabulous. My-oh-my-blueberry pie we are a mighty bunch. Ya gotta love being us.  

We Shall Overcome We Shall Overcome
Civil Rights Celebration of 50th Anniversary

Attention Disability Rights Advocates
What: Press Conference
When: April 8, 2014
Time: 10:30am
Where: Red River and Dean Keeton (formally 26th Street)

Come and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act and the Civil Rights Summit being held at the LBJ Presidential Library. The Civil Rights Summit will be championed by Presidents Jimmy Carter, William “Bill” Clinton, George W. Bush and Barak Obama.

Since the signing of the landmark legislation in 1964 to prohibit discrimination based on race, many other classes of groups have been and will be recognized at this summit including:
• Gay Marriage
• Immigration Policy
• Music and Social Consciousness
• LBJ and MLK, Fulfilling A Promise, Realizing a Dream
• Sports, Leveling the Playing Field
• Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement
• Social Justice in the 21st Century
• Women: How High is the Glass Ceiling?
• Education: The ultimate Civil Right

What’s missing?
People with Disabilities & the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Perhaps the greatest liberation legislation for 52 million Americans in this Nation, the ADA will recognize its 25th Anniversary next year. Come celebrate inclusion in the American arena by and for persons with disabilities.
Nothing About Us Without Us!
ADAPT of Texas, 1640 East 2nd Street
Bob Kafka 512-431-4085

NDLA, http://www.disabilityleadership.org/                            Image
-NCD, http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/04042014

Note: Photo by Tom Olin

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