Welcome to the website of NBDC


The National Black Disability Coalition (NBDC) is the nation’s organization for all Black disabled people.  Membership and partners includes Black disabled organizations, disabled people, parents, family members, faith based, non-profits, and academic and policy leaders.

Founded in 1990, in response to the need for Black disabled people to organize around mutual concerns, NBDC is dedicated to examining and improving; community leadership, family inclusion, entrepreneurship, civil rights, service delivery systems, education and information and Black disabled identity and culture through the lenses of ableism and racism. Select here for welcome video.

The Souls of Poor Folk traces the 50 years since 1968, when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and thousands of Americans, alarmed at their government’s blindness to human need, launched the Poor People’s Campaign. As they marched up from the nation’s neglected shadows, Dr. King paused to answer a plea for support from sanitation workers on strike in Memphis. There an assassin snatched his life on April 4th. 

Broken-hearted, this “freedom church of the poor” gathered by the thousands in Washington. They erected “Resurrection City,” their encampment on the National Mall, to demand ...read more

Remembering Disabilities Advocates of Minorities Organization (DAMO) (1998-2002) 
by co-founder, Gary Norris Gray

DAMO has many meanings in many different cultures. In Korean it was a very popular television miniseries and in Asia it translated to an undercover female detective in the historical Joseon Dynasty. DAMO also means Tea Lady in Korean. In the Philippines the word DAMO in Tagalog means grass. DAMO is also a historical town in northeastern Somalia, but for African American disabled residents in the San Francisco Bay area DAMO would mean freedom, justice, and equal...read more

Research Roundup | DATAPOINT of the Month

Suicide is a major public health concern in the United States and individuals with serious mental illness are disproportionately affected. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 9.5 million adults have serious thoughts of suicide in any given year, 2.7 million make a suicide plan and 1.3 million attempt suicide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 44,000 deaths in 2015 were a result of a suicide.

RESEARCH of the Month

Increased mortality in individual...read more

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