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Google Doodle honors AAPI disability justice activist – AsAmNews

Google honored Stacey Park Milburn with a Google Doodle on Thursday, which would have been her 35th birthday, May 19, Milburn is considered a co-founder of the modern disability justice movement.

“I want to leave a legacy of people with disabilities, knowing that we are powerful and beautiful not because of who we are,” Milburn said in a quote from a Google news release.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1987, Milburn spent most of her childhood at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where her father was stationed. Although Milburn had muscular dystrophy, a genetic disease that causes progressive muscle weakness and loss, that didn’t stop her.

She began her disability advocacy work at the young age of 16 and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area at the age of 24. Milburn spent much of his life advocating for disability justice, which he created in 2005 with the help of other activists.

Disability Justice is a framework dedicated to highlighting the voices and perspectives of traditionally marginalized groups in the disabled community. It ensures people with disabilities of color and LGBTQ+ people are not left out of the discussion and fighting for rights.

Once in San Francisco, Milburn became director of programs at the Center for Independent Living. In 2014, President Barack Obama appointed her to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, where she served as an advisor.

She also helped make the Netflix documentary, Crip Camp and worked with presidential candidate Sen. Bernier Sanders on his disability rights platform.

The doodle was done in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by Art Twink, a queer and disabled Bengali American artist.

Milburn passed away on May 19, 2020, his 33rd birthday, following complications from a surgery.

Stacey’s sister, Jessica Milburn, said in a Google news release, “Stacey was a pioneer of disability justice and interconnectedness.” “Her life experiences inspired her to empower and revitalize others. Stacy taught us that no matter what society says, everyone is valuable, and that everyone has an important role to play.”

Jessica Milburn continued to say that Stacy had an “amazing way” of making a person “feel special”.

“Her smile was joyful, and her laugh was like a much-needed hug,” Milburn said in a Google news release. “As we strive to carry on her legacy, she will continue to shine in all the lives she touched – as a shining beacon of wisdom, strength and love.”

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