Judy Heumann is one of my personal heroes, and as such, I am beyond delighted that the Lit League Disability Book & Movie Club has voted for “Being Heumann” as the March book club selection.
Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist
One of the most influential disability rights activists in US history tells her personal story of fighting for the right to receive an education, have a job, and just be human.
A story of fighting to belong in a world that wasn’t built for all of us and of one woman’s activism–from the streets of Brooklyn and San Francisco to inside the halls of Washington–Being Heumann recounts Judy Heumann’s lifelong battle to achieve respect, acceptance, and inclusion in society.
Paralyzed from polio at eighteen months, Judy’s struggle for equality began early in life. From fighting to attend grade school after being described as a “fire hazard” to later winning a lawsuit against the New York City school system for denying her a teacher’s license because of her paralysis, Judy’s actions set a precedent that fundamentally improved rights for disabled people.
As a young woman, Judy rolled her wheelchair through the doors of the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in San Francisco as a leader of the Section 504 Sit-In, the longest takeover of a governmental building in US history. Working with a community of over 150 disabled activists and allies, Judy successfully pressured the Carter administration to implement protections for disabled peoples’ rights, sparking a national movement and leading to the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Candid, intimate, and irreverent, Judy Heumann’s memoir about resistance to exclusion invites readers to imagine and make real a world in which we all belong.
I AM SO EXCITED!!
Yes, I really needed that to be in all-caps. I’m so excited about reading this book, and hearing her story from her perspective.
We read from March 13-April 13, and we meet thereafter in our Facebook group (linked here) to talk about the book.
We will of course invite Judy to be a part of our group chat. When the group chat will be is to be determined.
The Lit League Book & Movie Club on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheLitLeagueBookClub/
The Goodreads Lit League branch: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/232278-the-lit-league
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Meriah Nichols is a career counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E). Deaf, with C-PTSD and TBI, she’s also a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.