In one of Howard Thurman’s most influential books, Jesus and the Disinherited, he wrote,
“I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times that I have heard a sermon on the meaning of religion, of Christianity, to the [one] who stands with [their] back against the wall… The masses of [people] live with their backs constantly against the wall. They are the poor, the disinherited, the dispossessed. What does our religion say to them?”
We are still asking this same question today, especially those of us living with disabilities. Yet, I believe to practice a Black Liberation Theology of Disabilities is practice a liberatory religion. One in which, you are counted; you are somebody; you are not invisible! You can walk with your head up.
Many people with disabilities live in the shadows because they do not receive their spiritual, political, or emotional needs. We need to keep having conversations around this.
Religion is irrelevant if it is not transforming one’s life.