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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

MEDIA ALERT                                                                  

January 12, 2021

Contact:              

Mary Dolan 202-368-1083, mary@fdrmemoriallegacy.com

Damika Baker-Wilson 202-286-3664, dbakerwilson@wdchumanities.org 

 

HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE FDR MEMORIAL WILL BE UNVEILED

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

WASHINGTON, DC (January 12, 2020) – 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. 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. Disability rights advocates Jim Dickson, Judy Heumann and Dr. I King Jordan will reflect on the impact of the campaign to represent FDR as a disabled president and the collective work that still needs to be accomplished to ensure equitable disability representation.

 

WHEN/WHERE:                Thursday, January 14, 2021, 3 p.m. via Zoom

REGISTRATION:              https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HkKo9c3vTTatw63DYV7_eQ

INTERVIEW        

OPPORTUNITIES:            

Jim Dickson, Lead of grassroots campaign to add the FDR wheelchair statue and Co-Founder, FDR Memorial Legacy Committee

Judy Heumann, International Disability Rights Activist and Author

Dr. I. King Jordan, President Emeritus Gallaudet University

Professor Arlene King Berry, Professor UDC Department of Education and Chair of Faculty Senate

Andrea McNeil, Grants Manager, HumanitiesDC

 

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