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.

Jane

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 physica...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 practi...read more

December 20, 2017



Guest blogger: Jackie Pilgrim is an advocate diagnosed with Asperger’s, mother to a young adult also on the Autism Spectrum, and an International Speaker on Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. You can find her on Facebook, as well as on her blog, AutismsLove.

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November 12, 2017 by Leroy Moore

East Oakland can I shake your hand
Black, disabled & proud, do you understand
Our history goes through our fingers like sand
Capers & Casper they are the man
 
Art & music studios we must know
How much they changed Oaktown
Visuals and sounds
 
The community tried to hold them
Capers & Casper opened their homes
To beautify Oaktown on canvas and in...read more

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​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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