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Leroy Moore’s Upcoming Book, Black Disabled Ancestors
From Harvard to South Africa Leroy Moore has more than twenty years of activism, journalism, writing, lecturing on Blackness and disability. Leroy is a Black disabled poet, activist and author of three books on Black Disabled issues from poetry to children books to upcoming book on Hip-Hop and disability. After writing Black Disabled Art History 101 in 2017, he was visited more often by his Black disabled ancestors who pushed him to write this book, Black Disabled Ancestors.
We say that our ancestors are resting in peace but Leroy argues that his Black disabled ancestors can’t rest in peace because many of their stories are incomplete and have a lot to teach us today. Black disabled people have ancestors who left knowledge, art, music, culture, politics and a lot of pain for us to pick up, build on, and to tell the harsh truth. Leroy has been visited more often by his Black disabled ancestors, urging him to tell their stories. Five colorful, harsh and dream like stories have been waking Leroy up in the middle of the night and now make up this book, “Black Disabled Ancestors” with popping illustrations by another Black disabled artist, Ottis Smith.
We must realize in 2020 that disabled people have ancestors that left knowledge, art, music, culture, politics and a lot of pain for us to pick up, build on, and to tell the harsh truth. Part true and part fiction Leroy’s Black disabled ancestors gave him the green light and guide his finger to create these stories that he hopes will continue building on a foundation for the next generation.
Leroy F. Moore Jr., Founder of the Krip-Hop Nation. Since the 1990s, has written the column “Illin-N-Chillin” for POOR Magazine. Moore is one of the founding member of National Black Disability Coalition and activist around police brutality against people with disabilities. Leroy has started and helped started organizations like Disability Advocates of Minorities Organization to Sins Invalid to Krip-Hop Nation. His cultural work includes film documentary, Where Is Hope, Police Brutality Against People with Disabilities, spoken-word CDs, poetry books and children’s book, Black Disabled Art History 101 publish by Xochitl Justice Press & Krip-Hop Nation Graphic Novel Vol 1. by Poor Press.
Moore has traveled internationally networking with other disabled activists and artists. More has wrote, sang and collaborated to do music videos on Black disabled people etc.