Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Gang of 19

On July 5-6, 1978, Wade Blank and nineteen disabled activists--The Gang of 19--from ADAPT (then known as the American Disabled for Accessible Public Transit) held an overnight city bus "hostage" on the corner of Broadway & Colfax in Denver, Colorado.

Those 19 people put Denver front and center in disability rights history. Wade Blank founded Atlantis Community just a few years before the Gang of 19 protest. From that protest, ADAPT was formed in 1983...and is still going strong. They have an extensive archive of disability rights history if you're ever interested in seeing how that protest changed history throughout the country. RMPBS did a great documentary on how the Gang of 19 protest ultimately led to the passage of the ADA.

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