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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Spotlight: Claudia Gordon

via White House
Every month, this blog will spotlight exceptional black women whose stories inspire us all to challenge our ideas of what it means to be black and female. Today I celebrate Claudia Gordon, the first black deaf female attorney in the U.S.

In July 2013, Claudia Gordon was appointed as the associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. Gordon spent her childhood in Jamaica and moved to the United States when she was eight. She graduated from Howard University with a degree in political science and received her law degree from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC in 2000.

Gordon is a well known advocate for individuals with disabilities and believed that "a job with the Federal government would more effectively allow [her] to affect the actual enforcement of laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, thereby alleviating the blatant discrimination that people with disabilities continue to face.” She has worked with multiple organizations in the states and abroad to educate communities and mentor those with disabilities.

"Some cited my deafness as an obstacle rendering it impractical if not impossible to pursue a law degree. Thanks to the values that were instilled in me during my formative years, I understood then that those voices of doubt neither dictated my worth nor my capacity. I want to contribute to a better society where there is more understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities and where the same opportunities are provided for all." - Claudia Gordon


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