VIDEO: Tom Olin: Activist Photographer of the Disability Rights Movement

Many of the most significant moments in disability rights history were captured by one man, his camera and some black-and-white film. Rooted in Rights caught up with photographer, documentarian and activist Tom Olin during the national launch of REVUP in Houston. He shares his thoughts on the power of photography to inspire new activists. Tom continues to travel and exhibit his photographs across the country. But the rest is up to you.

Show the world the disability rights movement. Take photos. Share stories. Lead on!

“One thing I love about photos is that they are left for the next generation. They can interpret it….They need to find their empowerment through what is happening today.” – Tom Olin

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)  provided federal funding for the cost of producing this video (Award #H240A170048). The contents are the sole responsibility of Disability Rights Washington, the parent organization of Rooted in Rights, and do not necessarily represent the official views of RSA.

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