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Racialized Ablism  September 15, 2020

Discussion includes:
• How and why language shifts with meaning and how it is used.
• How social construct has been built to lead us to where we are today.
• Discussion on why people “people”.

Understanding our history and how can it help us to move forward. Understand how disability justice and black lives matter intersect and need to move forward together to become a society that is equitable. Our goal at APRIL is for us to continue learning and creating spaces where Independent Living can continue to do better in our work for multi-marginalized communities while fighting for disability justice. We are excited to bring ChrisTiana ObeySumner on to help us work towards this goal as we all learn together.

Lead by: ChrisTiana ObeySumner

ChrisTiana ObeySumner standing on a stage holding a microphoneChrisTiana Obey Sumner’s grandmother was a Black Panther and sung the ballads of Audre Lorde and Eldridge Cleaver. Their mom is a sociologist to the core, raised them to see all of the way’s humans construct society, ourselves, and each other. ChrisTiana began to grapple with the intersection of race, class, disability, gender, and sexual orientation in their life, a quest to discover the “why” of society and inequity-and the “how” of what steps we should take to become and equitable society-become their life’s passion. As a consultant, they seek to find answers to their lifelong questions by sharing space with others who have similar questions, and exploring solutions through the lens of critical race theory and intersectionality; Narrative identify development and its role in cultural humility and allyship; Social intersectional models of disability justice, and deconstruction of implicit and hidden drivers of social injustice and inaction.

We hope that you will join us and if you would like more of an individual experience or training you can contact our Youth Programs Coordinator, Sierra Royster at 919-567-3602 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .