Ola Ojewumi is a writer and disability rights activist, and the founder of Sacred Hearts Children’s TransplantFoundation and Project ASCEND.
She’s a wheelchair user and became a political activist as a high school student in the DC metro area. As a freelance writer, she has written for CNN, NBC News, Glamour, Marie Claire, SELF, and The Huffington Post.
Ola has appeared as a political commentator on MSNBC’s AM Joy with Joy Reid and Democracy Now. She was a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.
She served on the White House African American Kitchen Cabinet on Disability (under the Obama Administration) and boards for nonprofit organizations created by the late General Colin Powell and musician Lady Gaga.
Please see below for links to some of her work:
- Jordan Neely Article: The Lost Lives Of America’s Young, Black And Disabled
- MSNBC Appearance – Joy Reid AM Joy Show
- Democracy Now Interview
- Congress Speech – Testifying Before House Ways and Means Committee
- NBC Article on Black Disabled History
- Medium Article on Police Brutality Against Black Women and Girls
- Boston Globe
The recording for this webinar can be found here.
Please find the below PDF for additional resources on the intersection of ableism and racism in healthcare.