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African Americans with Disabilities

Below, you can read profiles of African Americans with Disabilities who are highly successful in their work. These role models make a big difference in setting high expectations for people with disabilities.

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Muhammad Ali
Dyslexic Role Model Fought in the Ring and for Racial and Social Justice
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Maya Angelou
Legendary Poet and Civil Rights Activist Who Had Disability, Inspires Generations
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Halle Berry
Living with Disability While Taking a Stand against Domestic Violence
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Simone Biles
Olympic & Disability Champion Makes History While Mesmerizing Many
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La'Rina Carolina headshot smiling Lois Curtis smiling Missy Elliot smiling for the camera, dressed in a black and white outift Haben Girma wearing a blue dress and pearls
La’Rina Carolina
Pioneer breaking the inequality lines between deaf and hearing societies
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Lois Curtis
Woman with Mental and Intellectual Disabilities Fights for Freedom For All
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Missy Elliot
Grammy Winner Serves as Role Model for Young Women with Disabilities
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Haben Girma
Deafblind Civil Rights Lawyer Advocates for Disability Rights in Media
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Whoopi Goldberg headshot wearing a gray sweater Claudia Gordon smiling in front of an American flag Daymond John wearing a suit on the set of Shark Tank Diana Elizabeth Jordan smiling in front of a tree
Whoopi Goldberg
Talented Actress, Comedienne and Talk Show Host Lives with Dyslexia
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Claudia Gordon
First Deaf African American Lawyer, Anti-Discrimination Advocate
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Daymond John
Clothing Entrepreneur, FUBU CEO and “Shark Tank” Star with Dyslexia
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Diana Elizabeth Jordan
Actress with Cerebral Palsy is Veteran of 40 Shows, Shorts and Movies
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Solange Knowles wearing a black and yellow dress smiling for the camera Janet LaBreck smiling in front of an American flag Tatiana Lee in a wheelchair wearing a pink jacket smiling Clarence Page headshot wearing black suit, white shirt and glasses
Solange Knowles
Grammy-Winning Role Model for African American Performers with Disabilities
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Janet LaBreck
Pioneer of Change and Role Model for African American Women with Disabilities
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Tatiana Lee
Changing Media Perceptions of Disability, one Modeling Job at a Time
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Clarence Page
Pulitzer-Winning Columnist Credits ADHD with Making Him a Better Journalist
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Justin Tapp smiling in front of the RespectAbility banner A portrait of Harriet Tubman Donna Walton wearing hear in a bun and pearl necklace and earrings
Justin Tapp
I am not the suffering Quasimodo dog with short neck syndrome
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Harriet Tubman
Legendary Poet and Civil Rights Activist with Epilepsy and TBI, Inspires Generations
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Donna Walton
Creates Nationwide Movement of Representation with Divas With Disabilities
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