Welcome to NBDC!

The National Black Disability Coalition (NBDC) is the nation’s organization for all Black disabled people.  Membership and partners includes Black disabled organizations, disabled people, parents, family members, faith based, non-profits, and academic and policy leaders.

Founded in 1990, in response to the need for Black disabled people to organize around mutual concerns, NBDC is dedicated to examining and improving; community leadership, family inclusion, entrepreneurship, civil rights, service delivery systems, education and information and Black disabled identity and culture through the lenses of ableism and racism.

From The Director's Desk

NBDC often receives e-mails from individuals regarding how they or family members are treated during accessing service delivery systems or inquiries about services or interviews about our experiences. Recently, because of the e-mail (click here) NBDC has committed, for documentation purposes, to interview folks on their experiences.

Please keep a look out for the interviews and let us hear from you.Select to read our letters!

Peace and Blessings.


Feb 9, 2018 - It is not easy raising a child with two parents. It's incredibly hard to raise a child as a single parent especially being a Black parent to a child with a disability. My name is Eselina Barnett and I am a single mother of an aspiring hip-hop artist who has Autism. His name is Jachin Anthony Meeks, aka Jam! Jam was born on July 9,1994 in Inglewood, CA.  Jam was a good baby for the most part. He didn't cry much and he was reaching all the infant milestones just fine with the exception that he did not talk. He didn't do any cooing, babbling or anything like that. When  he turned a year old it was time to get his one year shots. Shortly after those shots Jam began screaming all...read more

Jan 31, 2018

The Divas With Disabilities project (DWD), is a digital movement created to amplify the images of African American women with physical disabilities. Images have power. They influence our perceptions of others and ourselves. By using the power of images, DWD helps shape the perception of what “disability” looks like by promoting African American women and women of color through various media platforms.   Founder and Director, Donna Walton, EdD, affirms that “We can no longer wait on mass media to decide how to portray us on TV, cast us in a film, or decide when we are good for advertising dollars, Black women, who happen to live with physical disabilit...read more

What did it mean when non-disabled slaves were set free?

Slavery ended in the US after the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified on December 6, 1865; however, disabled slaves were kept on plantations because slavery was connected to the ability to work.  Jim Downs, among other scholars, wrote an essay entitled, The Continuation of Slavery: The Experience of Disabled Slaves during Emancipation which lays out that disabled slaves were seen as non-workers, could not work therefore were kept on plantations to be "taking care of" but continue to work for their “masters”.

Did this separation of freedom of non-disabled compare to disabled set a standard or practice on ...read more

Sandra Sermons of NBDC interviews for BBC Radio, London. Interview examines experiences and history of Black Blind people.
  • Why did black people, men in particular, turn to music as a vocation?
  • Why were there more black blind people than white?
  • How were black blind people educated? 
  • How did segregation in blind schools work?
  • What did black students learn – was it the same curriculum as whites?
  • What skills and qualifications did they have generally once they left school?

Audio recordings coming in March!


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"Black, Gifted & Disabled"

​Interview Series

NBDC member Leroy F. Moore, Jr. speaks with Kevin Powell. Listen to the interview by navigating to the image below:

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