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Picture above depicts: (left) Brad Lomax, (right) Glenn Lomax.

Brad Lomax

Bradley (Brad) Lomax was a disabled African American who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis and founded the Black Panther Party (BPP). He moved to Oakland, California, discovered that he could not easily access public buses, and gained his inspiration to advocate for more rights for the disabled. So, he began speaking with Ed Roberts, the father of Disability advocacy, about building a Center for Independent Living (CIL) in East Oakland. And, with the sponsorship of the BPP the East Oakland CIL was established.


Picture above depicts: (left) Donald Galloway, (right) Ed Roberts.

Donald Galloway

Galloway was born in Washington, D.C. during the year 1938. He was blinded as a teenager due to an accident. As he became older, he became part of more advocacy groups, eventually becoming good friends with Ed Roberts. Donald then started working at Berkley alongside Roberts. One of his more known stories is of him being kicked off a jury after the judge saw his guide dog. Donald then sued the court and won to set an example that even people with disabilities are capable of representing themselves in court.


Picture above depicts: Fannie Lou Townsen Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer

Hamer was born in Mississippi during the year 1917. As a child, she developed a serious case of polio that would follow her for the rest of her life. Once she became older, Hamer became more active in the civil and voting rights communities where she was a well-known advocate. In doing these advocating events, she was once thrown into a Mississippi jailhouse and was beaten severely leaving her with a permanent limp and other bodily issues. Hamer continued to fight for the rights she deserved until the day she passed int 1977 of breast cancer.

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