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The Center for Accessibility

The Center for Accessibility assists individuals with disabilities to access programs, services, and collections at all branches of the DC Public Library. For information about requesting accommodations, including sign language interpreters, please visit the DC Public Library Accommodation Statement.

Blindness and Black History Panel Discussion

Blindness and Black History Panel Discussion at DC Public Library over Zoom

Sorry for the late notice this event will be tomorrow, 2/17 at 6:30 PM. This will be a facilitated discussion that will help participants and audience members draw connections at the intersection of blindness and black history. This program will include 6 panel members and will help to make sure all of the library's patrons are represented in the library’s programming. The discussion will focus on highlighting characters from black history who were also blind and providing panel members the opportunity to speak from their personal experience.  

Zoom Link is below

Panel members will include:  
  • Anil Lewis, author of the online essay, "Being Black Helped Me Be Blind and Being Blind Helped Me Understand that #BlackLivesMatter", and Executive Director, Blindness Initiatives at the National Federation of the Blind   
  • Charles Kearney III, veteran and volunteer adaptive technology trainer in the DC Public Library Center for Accessibility  
  • Freddie Peaco, author of the online essay "Blindness and Black History: One Leader's Perspective" and longtime employee of the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled   
  • Libra Robinson, Owner and CEO of N'Sight VIP Services LLC   
  • Rev. Ray Raysor, host of the Sight 'n Vision Disability Talk Radio Show     
  • Sammie Clay, liaison between the library and the Veteran's Administration blindness program   

The panel will address questions like:    

1.       Who were the leaders in the blind and black communities who paved the way for you to receive a proper education and opportunities for gainful employment and how did they influence you?    

2.       What are the discriminatory policies and practices that prevent blind and black people from living the lives they want, and how should they be addressed?   

3.       What can we do to make resources for obtaining current and accurate information readily available to people who are at the intersection of blindness and black history.  

Hi there, 

You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 
When: Feb 17, 2022 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Topic: Blindness and Black History

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For more upcoming programs and classes, visit
The Center for Accessibility
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street NW, Room 205-D
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-727-2142
Videophone: 202-559-5368

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