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Recording: Cocktails and Conversation about Crip Camp

  • Apr - 15 - 2021

On April 12, 2021, the FDR Memorial Legacy Committee hosted Cocktails & Conversations: a virtual discussion about the Oscar-nominated film Crip Camp. The event featured Judy Heumann, International Disability Rights Advocate who was featured in Crip Camp and Andraea LaVant, Crip Camp Impact Producer. We were joined by panelists Mary Dolan, Meg O'Connell, and Serena Jaros.

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Virtual Stakeholder/Community Meeting for Educators and Disability Leaders

  • Apr - 12 - 2021

We invite your participation in a virtual stakeholder/community meeting for educators and disability leaders. This year, the FDR Memorial Legacy Committee (FDR Committee), the friends group for the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC, is launching an educational program in partnership with the University of the District of Columbia which will include writing lesson plans, leading a teacher professional development session and piloting the lesson plans in classrooms. We would like to invite you to join us at one of our virtual stakeholder/community member sessions being held on May 4 and May 5 from 4:00-5:00pm EST. You are invited to choose to attend either one.

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Online Talk: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by Historian John F. Sears

  • Apr - 07 - 2021

Please join us for an online talk titled Eleanor Roosevelt and the Drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We will be joined by Historian John F. Sears on April 28, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. EST.

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Cocktails & Conversations: Virtual Discussion about Oscar-Nominated Film Crip Camp

  • Mar - 30 - 2021

Cocktails & Conversations: Join us for a virtual discussion about the Oscar-nominated film Crip Camp April 12, 2021, at 7 p.m. EST with ASL and closed captioning to be provided Featuring:  Judy Heumann, International Disability Rights Advocate featured in Crip Camp Andraea LaVant, Crip Camp Impact Producer 

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Senator Tammy Duckworth Wants FDR Memorial to Be Accessible for People with All Disabilities

  • Mar - 02 - 2021

It’s been 20 years since disability advocates won the fight to have the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. depict the former president in a wheelchair at the site. But they say there is more work to do to make the space fully accessible to all people with disabilities and serve as the “monument to freedom” that former President Bill Clinton said it would be upon the statue’s dedication.

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Open Letter in Response to the Tidal Basin Ideas Lab Public Comment Period

  • Feb - 10 - 2021

This letter responds to the call for public comments to the five designs released in October 2020.  It is concerning that the project started with a lack of inclusion in the process and is now presenting alarming images to the public of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Rev. Martin Luther King Memorials.  Both are shown underwater.  FDR is allowed – in the words of the designer “to become a ruin”. 

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Recorded Panel Discussion: Representation and Leadership: FDR and the FDR Memorial

  • Jan - 27 - 2021

On Tuesday, January 26, 2021, the Institute of Politics, Policy, and History at the University of the District of Columbia and the FDR Memorial Legacy Committee hosted the virtual panel discussion titled Representation and Leadership: FDR and the FDR Memorial. 

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HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE FDR MEMORIAL IS UNVEILED

  • Jan - 15 - 2021

The FDR Memorial Legacy Committee (FDR Committee), as part of the DC Community Heritage Project (DCCHP), proudly unveiled the initial archives chronicling the history of the fight for disability representation at the FDR Memorial which was led by people with disabilities from 1995-2001.

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Media Alert: FDR Memorial Legacy Committee to Showcase First-Of-Its-Kind Archive with Support from Humanities DC

  • Jan - 12 - 2021
  • Kelly Douglas

On Thursday, January 14 at 3 p.m. EST, the FDR Memorial Legacy Committee, as part of the DC Community Heritage Project (DCCHP), will unveil a first-of-its-kind archive that preserves this invaluable history filled with individual perspectives, stories, and written documentation of this hard-fought campaign for inclusion.

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Letter of Support from Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

  • Jan - 01 - 2021

Thank you to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton for continuing to put pressure on the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation to spend previously allocated funds on critical education programs on the FDR Memorial.  "Despite an agreement with the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Commission (Commission), it is my understanding that the National Park Foundation (NPF) has never spent any of the income from the FDR Memorial Endowment Fund (Endowment) on public education, as authorized."

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LOCAL VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER SHARES MEMORY OF FIGHT FOR FDR WHEELCHAIR STATUE

  • Oct - 29 - 2020

Over twenty years ago, a young 6th grader from Lindbergh Elementary School in Palisades Park, New Jersey, committed to a campaign for change. When the FDR Memorial opened in 1997, FDR’s disability was hidden. Disability leaders fought back and demanded truth and representation. Sixteen Roosevelt grandchildren agreed that FDR should be shown as the person he was – a person with a disability. And over 50 disability organizations from across the country signed on to support the FDR Wheelchair Statue Campaign.

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DISABILITY COMMUNITY VOICE VITAL IN TIDAL BASIN REVITALIZATION  

  • Oct - 26 - 2020

The FDR Memorial Legacy Committee (FDR Committee) proactively engaged the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) to insist the Tidal Basin Ideas Lab and all future plans related to the Tidal Basin, the FDR Memorial, and the National Mall utilize best practices in Universal Design to maximize inclusion and access and consult with known experts in the field at all stages of the planning.

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U.S. SENATOR TOM HARKIN (RETIRED) JOINS ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF FDR MEMORIAL LEGACY COMMITTEE: Committee Seeks to Expand Mission by Uniting Legends of the Disability Movement with Today’s Emerging Leaders 

  • Oct - 13 - 2020
  • Mary Dolan, Executive Director, FDR Memorial Legacy Committee

The FDR Memorial Legacy Committee (FDR Committee) is pleased to announce the addition of two new Advisory Committee members, U.S Senator Tom Harkin (Retired) and Serena Jaros, COVID Services Coordinator at Independence Now. The mission of the FDR Committee is to ensure that the efforts by the disability community to guarantee representation at the FDR Memorial in Washington DC is not forgotten and, as initially intended, becomes part of the Memorial’s educational materials, visitor information, and collective memory. 

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Sign the Petition: Disability Rights History at American Landmark Needs to be Told

  • Sep - 11 - 2020
  • FDR Legacy Committee

When the Memorial was dedicated in 1997, FDR's disability was hidden. This changed in 2001 when the disability community prevailed and a statue of FDR seated in a wheelchair was added. Now 20 years later, the Memorial remains an epicenter that embodies the power and pride of the disability community; however, there is no information about the epic fight led by people with disabilities. Our history is missing. And to make matters worse, the Memorial needs accessibility improvements and is in need of major repairs. 

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FDR MEMORIAL LEGACY COMMITTEE RECEIVES GRANT FROM HUMANITIESDC FOR ORAL HISTORIES

  • Aug - 03 - 2020

The FDR Memorial Legacy Committee (the FDR Committee) has received a $5,000 DC Community Heritage Project (DCCHP) grant to preserve the history of the disability community, the history of a presidential memorial, and the history of Washingtonian activist citizens.

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A Message From the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Legacy Committee

  • Jul - 26 - 2020
  • FDR Memorial Legacy Committee

As we approach the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) on July 26th, it is important to acknowledge those who influenced change in the disability community. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, without a doubt, is one of those iconic leaders whose impact should continue to be applauded. Therefore, the FDR Memorial Legacy Committee was established. Our mission is to promote FDR’s and Eleanor Roosevelt’s legacy of equality, opportunity, dignity, and perseverance as celebrated at the Memorial through education, awareness, and protection of the Memorial for generations to come.

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FDR MEMORIAL LEGACY COMMITTEE MEETS $100,000 DONATION MATCH FROM GORDON AND LLURA GUND FOUNDATION

  • Jul - 06 - 2020
  • FDR Memorial Legacy Committee

WASHINGTON, DC (July 6, 2020) – Every year, nearly 2.5 million people visit the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC, which was dedicated in 1997 to pay tribute to our longest-serving president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Visitors now experience a seamlessly constructed memorial; however, representation of FDR’s disability was not included in the initial design. The first room – Prologue – was not added until four years after the initial opening of the Memorial.

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Statement from Mary E. Dolan, Executive Director, FDR Memorial Legacy Committee

  • Jun - 08 - 2020
  • FDR Memorial Legacy Committee

We have all witnessed a lifetime of images over the past few weeks. Some uplifting, but way too many troublesome and for too long. For our democracy to last, we citizens – all of us – must feel safe in our homes, our streets and in practicing our right to protest peacefully. Our country was founded on protests which led us to declare our collective American belief in “certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” We have never fully achieved this.

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