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Young people have a long-standing history of being on the forefront of social justice movements and demanding change across the systems, policies, and procedures that shape our lives. It’s no different for today’s generation of young activists. As our nation continues to mourn the death of Tony McDade, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, and countless other Black Disabled people who have lost their lives to state violence, young people are demanding change by leading civic engagement efforts and efforts to get out the vote.
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is pleased to announce the inaugural class of the Fannie Lou Hamer Leadership Program. This program is designed for young Black disabled advocates (ages 18 – 30) who are committed to the social, political, and economic issues surrounding the intersections of the Black and Disability communities. Each participant receives a $1,500 stipend and resources to produce creative content as a part of a digital campaign that promotes voting and civic engagement.
Fannie Lou Hamer is a well-recognized civil rights activist and organizer for voting rights. Her work centered on elevating the rights of Black voters and women, particularly across the state of Mississippi. She co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and later the National Women’s Political Caucus, which is active to this day. Hamer had polio as a child and later became physically disabled due to a severe beating in a Mississippi jail. In honor of her legacy and sacrifice, AAPD is proud to announce the participants of the 2020 Fannie Lou Hamer Leadership Program: