In February, 2012, I had the privilege to experience a presentation by the radical activist, passionate artist and relentless revolutionary Leroy Moore, Jr. The event called “Under 1 Nation: Zulu and Krip Hop” and was held in February 2012 at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus. ASUW Student Disability Commission (SDC) was the sponsor.
Moore emphasized the daily discrimination and injustice faced by people living with disabilities and spoke about how self-advocacy led to empowerment.
It is difficult to define Moore as he is a constantly progressing intellectual, artist and activist. Moore has built a solid online presence and social epicenter for spreading information, support and inspiration for the merging of communities involved in self-identity; human rights; music emphasizing hip-hop; written word emphasizing poetry; and education and social justice issues emphasizing disability and racism.
He constantly updates his many Facebook pages and Twitter account and encourages his followers to participate in their communities. On his personal Facebook page, he describes himself as a “Black writer, poet, hip-hop\music lover, community activist and feminist with a physical disability”.
The inspiration for Moore’s work came from a visit to London, England where he discovered a “black disabilities movement”. He utilized this energy to create the lecture series: “On the Outskirts: Race and Disability”. Moore is the founder of Krip-Hop Nation, which is a collective of hip-hop artists with disabilities. He is a producer and columnist for Illin-N-Chillin at Poor Magazine, a socially responsible grassroots organization. Also, he is the cofounder and community relations director of Sins Invalid, a performance project celebrating artists with disabilities and the socially marginalized.
Moore’s plethora of knowledge, references, publications and experience can be intimidating but his persona overshadows this because he is open, inviting, humble and funny. After meeting him it becomes clear why his message translates across the wide spectrum of people and personalities that it does. Moore is an altruist for social justice and his performances evoke a sense of duty in oneself to do the same. He is a man with hats in several arenas, and as I finish writing this I am sure he is already working headed toward a new concept with the purpose of communicating social awareness for real social change.