Join The Seattle Public Library from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22 for the A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History, featuring disability rights icon Judy Heumann in conversation with Jae Kim.

Heumann will discuss her book “Being Heumann” and the disability rights movement.

The event is online and free, and registration is required. It will be pre-recorded, captioned and then posted on SPL's YouTube channel. There will be ASL interpretation and CART transcription for this program.



Judy Heumann is a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people. She has been instrumental in the development and implementation of legislation such as Section 504, the Individuals with Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Her memoir, “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist,” co-authored by Kristen Joiner, was published in 2020. Heumann is featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary, “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution,” directed by James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham. Heumann also produces a podcast called “The Heumann Perspective,” which features a variety of members from the disability community.

Jae Kim is the Supervisor of Information and Referral at the Arc of King County. As a social worker who has a developmental disability, she believes that social services are a basic need to which all people should have access. Kim studied social work to advocate for people with disabilities and support them to lead successful lives. She wants to help them find their voice because they are the ones who face the challenges and they know what they need to be successful.



The A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History is made possible by a generous gift from the late Priscilla Bullitt Collins in honor of her father, A. Scott Bullitt. The Bullitt Lectures are annual lectures that highlight a significant period event, or individual in American history, with an emphasis on inclusive stories of American history that might be less known.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times, and presented in partnership with the Arc of King County and Elliott Bay Book Company. Books will be available for purchase and signing.



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