In April 1977 over 150 people with disabilities occupied a major federal office in San Francisco for nearly a month demanding their rights. The talk explores why this unlikely group of activists triumphed over the most powerful nation in the world and how historians’ retelling the story offers yet another path to activism.
As director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, she directed the public history exhibit “Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights and co-hosts Superfest International Disability Film Festival. Her current work blends research and advocacy in the service of public history where the major goal is pursuing the Longmore Institute’s mission to convince the world that society is better because of disabled people.
Cathrine J. Kudlick, professor in history at San Francisco State University, USA and director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability