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The Black Panthers, The Butterfly Brigade, and The United Farm Workers of America: Their Role in the Disability Rights Movement

The Section 504 sit-in, a watershed moment for disability rights, is the longest occupation of a federal building in United States history.  Its success was due to a broad coalition of civil rights organizations. Join us for this virtual event as we explore how African American, LGBTQ, and Latinx civil rights organizations were instrumental in the success of the sit-in. Paul Grossman, former Chief Regional Attorney for the Office for Civil Rights, will lead us through the backstory of this historic event in our nation's civil rights legacy.

Interested in learning more about the Disability Rights Movement before the event? Check out the film Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, which is available to stream on Netflix and for free on YouTube.

Click here to learn more about this event and our presenter, Paul Grossman, as we celebrate 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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This is a password protected event that will be held virtually via Zoom. 

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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Diversity & Inclusion, Law & Policy


Current Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni


Virtual Programs & Events


Africana Studies Program, Office of Equity and Diversity, Student Disability Services

#ADA30; #UTK

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Sara Conrad

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