“Speaking for themselves: the blind civil rights movement” Brian R. Miller

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Iowa’s Braille and Sight Saving School, Vinton Iowa

Brian R. Miller’s 2013 dissertation titled “Speaking for themselves: the blind civil rights movement and the battle for the Iowa Braille School” tells the story of the fight for civil rights for the blind in Iowa during a time in the U.S. defined by civil rights struggle.

 

The story of the battle over the Iowa Braille School, while only a moment in time, encapsulates the philosophical divide between blind activists and sighted professionals, between the right to speak for oneself, and the power of expertise and professional authority. There are many moments in the history of the blind that need to be explored, interrogated, and examined for what they teach us about the blind movement and civil rights struggles.

“Jernigan truly believe he was bringing a revolution to Iowa.” Read more about this civil rights revolution and its history by clicking the article located below.

 

Brian R. Miller “Speaking for themselves: the blind civil rights movement and the battle for the Iowa Braille SchoolIowa Research Online (2013) p 1-479