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Free Saturdays: Race,Disability, Poverty, and Homelessness in Children's Books, Reading and Signing

October 19, 2019, 1:00 pm3:00 pm

Photo provided by Leroy Moore and Lisa Gray

Koret Auditorium

The de Young Museum will celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)  in October to help raise awareness about employment difficulties, hardships, and highlight disabled people's everyday contributions in our society. 

Join us this Saturday as we learn and explore disable people's stories through two Children's book readings as they help create a culture of empathy and mindfulness. After the book readings, stay around for a special book signing to meet with the authors; "Tiny" Lisa Gray and Leroy Moore.

Free Saturdays are about celebrating art and this city that we love through meaningful curated experiences for all visitors. Explore the permanent collections, take a guided tour, get inspired to create art of your own at our art-making station.

The Books:
El Trabajador/The Hard-Worker
A bilingual children's book about a disabled, houseless recycler and a visionary young boy hopes to be a message for us all. The book's character of Sr, Garcia is loosely based on the author's abuelo (grandfather) Roberto from Puerto Rico and Richard X from POOR Magazines Volume 3 The Work Issue – both hard-working disabled men of color who humbly did what they had to do to survive and struggled with lives filled with racist, classist and ableist hate. This book serves as a love letter to what used to el barrio, The Mission District, and to all the anti-displacement warriors, who like us at POOR Magazine for so many years,  continue to fight for its life and won't give up and finally the Lisjan /Ohlone land called Huchuin aka East Oakland.

"The hard worker is a love letter of interdependence, empathy and liberation written to all children, elders, mamas and daddies, uncles and aunties, grandmothers and grandfather poverty/disabled folks everywhere, " said The Hardworker's author Tiny (Lisa) Gray-Garcia, who is also the author of Criminal of Poverty, Growing Up Homeless in America, co-founder of POOR Magazine, PeopleSkool and Homefulness- a poor peoples solution to homelessness.

The Hardworker/Trabajador Fuerte is published by POOR Press which is the publishing arm of POOR Magazine- a press dedicated to the books of low and no-income authors. Books are available for review  by emailing 

Black Disabled History 101

Black Disabled Art History 101- Children’s Book covers Black painters, dancers, musicians, actors/actress with all types of disabilities from the early 1900s to today.  Black Disabled Art History 101 has pictures of the artists and illustration drawings from Asian Robles and original poem-stories of Black disabled artists and a poem that started the whole concept of the book, Black Disabled Art History 101 all by Leroy F. Moore Jr.

Black disabled and Deaf artists have always existed. They were on the street corners down South singing the Blues, spray painting on New York’s subways, and bringing sign language to the big screen.  Today, young Black disabled artists are finding their own way to the stage and studio, some with a paintbrush in hands and on the big screen like Kei’Arie “Cookie” Tatum, and some with a drumstick in their hands, like Vita E. Cleveland.  "As a Black disabled youth in the 1970s and 1980s, I wished that there was a book like the one you are holdig now.  No more wishing -the book is here!" - Leroy Moore

Black Disable History 101 is published by Xóchitl Justice Press creates diverse and educationally sound, non-fiction children’s books to support the intellectual, affective, aesthetic, and social development of the whole child. The press promotes a just and equitable society through publishing, community partnerships, education, and research.

About the Authors
Tiny (aka Lisa Gray-Garcia) is a formerly unhoused, incarcerated poverty scholar, revolutionary journalist, lecturer, poet, visionary, teacher and single mama of Tiburcio, daughter of a houseless, disabled mama Dee, and the co–founder of POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE/ She is the author of Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America published by City Lights, The Hardworker/El Trabajador on POOR Press and the soon to be released: Poverty Scholarship - Poor People-led Theory, Art, Words and Tears Across Mama Earth-With her Mama Dee & fellow poverty skolaz- she co-founded PeopleSkool, Homefulness - a homeless peoples solution to Homelessness and Deecolonize Academy. After struggling through her own childhood of extreme poverty, homelessness (houselessness as tiny calls it) and eventual incarceration for "poverty crimes" Tiny and her mother launched POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE, the poor and indigenous people-led movement dedicated to providing media, art, education, advocacy and solutions to issues of poverty, homelessness, racism, criminalization, ableism and displacement across Mama Earth. 

Leroy F. Moore Jr., Founder of the Krip-Hop Nation.  Since the 1990s, has written the column "Illin-N-Chillin" for POOR Magazine. Moore is one of the founding member of National Black Disability and activist around police brutality against people with disabilities.  His cultural work includes the film documentary, "Where Is Hope, Police Brutality Against People with Disabilities,” along with spoken-word CDs, poetry books and the children’s book, Black Disabled Art History 101 published by Xochitl Justice Press. His upcoming book is entitled  Krip-Hop Komic, Graphic Novel Vol.1: Brown Disabled Young Woman Super Shereo Brings Disability Justice to Hip- Hop Feb 2019 on PoorPress. Leroy F. Moore Jr. is also a Black writer, poet, hip-hop\music lover, community activist and feminist with a physical disability. He has been sharing his perspective on identity, race & disability for the last thirteen years or so. He is also the creator of Krip-Hop Nation (Hip-Hop artists with disabilities and other disabled musicians from around the world) and produced Krip-Hop Mixtape Series.  He is one of the founders of The National Black Disability Coalition (NBDC).  He is also a longtime columnist, one of the first columns on race & disability that started in the early 90s at POOR Magazine in San Francisco, Illin-N-Chillin.

Ticket Information

Free. No additional ticket required.

Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. Seating tickets will be distributed an hour before the event begins in front of the Koret Theater.

Contact Information

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