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The White Fund’s purpose is to have a free series of interactive presentations for Lawrence area adults, youth, and children. The audience is encouraged to seek wisdom, cultural enrichment, and intellectual enhancement by attending and participating.

Looking to enrich your life? Join us for a series of free cultural conversations.

The White Fund’s purpose is to have a free series of interactive presentations for Lawrence area adults, youth, and children. The audience is encouraged to seek wisdom, cultural enrichment, and intellectual enhancement by attending and participating.

April 12, 2018

“They Must Not Stamp Us Out: Why We Need Disability Justice” presentation by disability justice advocate Lydia X. Z Brown MORE about the April 12 event.


They Must Not Stamp Us Out: Why We Need Disability Justice

Lydia Brown standing on the bottom step of a marble staircase.
Lydia Brown, disability justice advocate, will present the April 12 White Fund lecture.

Don’t miss this White Fund Presentation by disability justice advocate Lydia X. Z Brown

“We are sick, disabled, mad, wobbly, lopsided, flappy,” according to Brown. “We are everywhere — working, loving, playing, laboring for liberation, yearning for community. …working for disability justice and freedom…Disability oppression is deeply connected with all forms of violence…We are constantly erased and forgotten, but this is not the way things have to be. Disability does not have to be something scary, broken, or sad. Disability justice challenges us to imagine and build a world where each one of us is valued for all of our humanity.”

The lecture  is one of several events scheduled in recognition of “All Abilities Week” which celebrates individuals with disabilities.

Free and open to the public.

Date, Time, and Location

Thursday, April 12, 2018, from 11:30 am until to 12:30 pm, in The NECC White Fund Room, at 78 Amesbury St. in Lawrence, MA.

It will also be telecast to the Harold Bentley Library on the Haverhill campus in room A112

More Information

For additional information or if you need accommodations contact Analuz Garcia at agarcia@necc.mas.edu or call 978-738-7423.

More About Lydia X. Z Brown

Brown is a disability justice advocate, organizer, and writer whose work has largely focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people, especially institutionalization, incarceration, and policing. She has been honored by several government and nonprofit organizations including The White House and the Washington Peace Center.

She is a founding board member of the Alliance for Citizen-Directed Services, a stakeholder representative to the Massachusetts One Care Implementation Council overseeing health care for Medicaid/Medicare dually-eligible individuals, and board member of the Autism Women’s Network. She is the lead editor and visionary behind “All the Weight of Our Dreams,” the first-ever anthology of writings and artwork by autistic people of color, published by the Autism Women’s Network in June 2017.

Most recently, Brown has designed and teaches a course on critical disability theory, public policy, and intersectional social movements as a visiting lecturer at Tufts University’s Experimental College.


About the White Fund Enlightenment Series

In the 1850’s Daniel Appleton White served as an Essex County Probate judge and a Massachusetts Congressman. His birthplace was a Methuen farm that would eventually become a part of downtown Lawrence and the campus of Northern Essex Community College. At his direction, money from the sale of a portion of that land would endow a “course of lectures delivered annually designed to enlighten the mind and elevate the character.” His chief concern was “for the advancement and success in life” of the young men and women at work in the textile mills.

The first White Fund lecture was delivered in 1864. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Booker T. Washington were among the mid-century luminaries who graced the White Lecture podium at City Hall on Common Street. Charter trustees Charles S. Storrow, Henry K. Oliver, and Nathanial G. White, for whom the Lawrence Public Library was dedicated, enlisted speakers “tending to the moral and intellectual uplift of the inhabitants of Lawrence.” Today the White Fund Trustees continue this tradition through support of the White Fund Enlightenment Series offered in cooperation with Northern Essex. By Judge White’s design, these presentations are free to the public.

The views expressed in the White Fund Enlightenment Series presentations are the views of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Northern Essex Community College.

More Information

For additional information or to be added to the electronic mailing list, please call 978-738-7423.

We welcome requests for sign language interpreting and other access requests (i.e. Computer Aided Real Time (CART), food allergies, etc.). Please contact the host of this event for requests, questions or event information, Lawrence Campus & Community Relations Assistant Analuz Garcia, 978-738-7423 or email agarcia@necc.mass.edu

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