Reverend Calvin Peterson and Disabled in Action Atlanta Collection

Reverend Calvin Peterson and Disabled in Action Atlanta Collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reverend Calvin Peterson and Disabled in Action Atlanta Collection
Creator: Peterson, Calvin E.
Creator: Disabled in Action (Atlanta)
Inclusive Dates: 1967-2015
Language: English
Extent: 2 box(es) (0.5 linear foot, 2 oversize items, 7.4 gigabytes)
Collection Number: RBRL/409
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Reverend Calvin Peterson is the founder and director of Disabled in Action, a non-profit organization with a mission to advocate, educate and empower people with disabilities living in poverty, their families and caregivers, and with an emphasis on equity and inclusion. The collection includes articles of incorporation, correspondence, press releases, news clippings, brochures, flyers, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and other materials that document Rev. Peterson and Disabled in Action's advocacy and activism.

Collection Description

Historical Note

Calvin E. Peterson was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 30, 1948. At birth, he was diagnosed with a severe form of cerebral palsy. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in southwest Atlanta. In 1978, he graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Long Island University. In 1970, Peterson and others founded the Atlanta-based organization Advanced Association for the Physically Handicapped to assist individuals with disabilities in communicating with employers, assistance agencies and rehabilitation centers, among other purposes. Since 1984, Rev. Peterson has been an ordained minister of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and has taught at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. In 1986, Rev. Peterson founded the non-profit organization, Disabled in Action (DIA), in Atlanta with a mission to advocate, educate and empower people with disabilities living in poverty, their families and caregivers, and with an emphasis on equity and inclusion. In 1988, representing DIA, he provided testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Housing and Finance to urge public housing authorities to mandate accessibility. Among Rev. Peterson and DIA's other accomplishments are instituting disabled voter education and registration drives, fighting for sidewalk curb-cuts in low-income communities, demanding public transportation for people with disabilities living in poverty, and creating curriculum for church leaders to allow them to adequately address the needs of their congregants with disabilities. Rev. Peterson is the author of Nothing is Impossible, his autobiography. Since 1986, he has produced television programs at People TV, the City of Atlanta's public access media center, including the show Let's Plant a Seed, and currently hosts the monthly program, Voice of the Voiceless.

Scope and Content

The collection documents the work of Reverend Calvin Peterson and the organization, Disabled in Action (DIA), and includes articles of incorporation, correspondence, press releases, news clippings, brochures, flyers, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and other materials. Files include information on DIA's projects and programs, advocacy campaigns to promote inclusion of people with disabilities, particularly those living in poverty, in all aspects of society, and administrative activities. Of particular interest is Rev. Peterson's correspondence with government, community and religious leaders to advance the work of DIA at various levels.


Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

This collection contains digital files. To access these files, please request the folders you would like through the finding aid using your research account. An archivist will be in contact with you to explain how to access the files. Please note that not all file formats are currently supported by the library for research use.

Preferred citation

Reverend Calvin Peterson and Disabled in Action Atlanta Collection, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

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Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Related Collections in this Repository

Georgia Disability History Archive


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

[Advanced Association for the Physically Handicapped Articles of Incorporation]

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11[Advanced Association for the Physically Handicapped Articles of Incorporation], 1970-1984
 

[Disabled in Action Articles of Incorporation]

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12[Disabled in Action Articles of Incorporation], 1986
 

[Correspondence]

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13[Correspondence], 1986-2010
 

[Board of Directors Meeting Minutes]

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14[Board of Directors Meeting Minutes], 2008
 

[Press Releases and Clippings]

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15[Press Releases and Clippings], 1967-2015
 

[Brochures and Flyers]

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16[Brochures and Flyers], 1988-2010
 

Church

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17Church, 1990, 2005-2007
 

[Addressing Sexual Abuse in Persons with Disabilities Project]

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18[Addressing Sexual Abuse in Persons with Disabilities Project], 1995
 

[Anniversary Awards Banquet]

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19[Anniversary Awards Banquet], 1994-1995
 

[The Day of Inclusion]

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110[The Day of Inclusion], 2004-2010
 

[Statements by Rev. Calvin Peterson]

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111[Statements by Rev. Calvin Peterson], circa 1990-2006
 

[Nothing Is Impossible (book information)]

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112[Nothing Is Impossible (book information)], 2006
 

[Partner Organizations]

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113[Partner Organizations], 1997, 2005
 

Photographs [photocopies]

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114Photographs [photocopies], 1990s-2010s
 

Programs - "Nothing is Impossible" Play and Disabled In Action Panel, 2018, 2019

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115Programs - "Nothing is Impossible" Play and Disabled In Action Panel, 2018, 2019
 

Banner: Disabled in Action

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2Banner: Disabled in Action, circa 2010
 

Banner: Nothing Is Impossible [book promotion]

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2Banner: Nothing Is Impossible [book promotion], circa 2010
 

"Campaign Towards Inclusion," 3rd Annual Day of Inclusion Program [digital files]

electronic_records
ER 1"Campaign Towards Inclusion," 3rd Annual Day of Inclusion Program [digital files], 2006
 

7th Annual Day of Inclusion Program, Part Two [digital files]

electronic_records
ER 27th Annual Day of Inclusion Program, Part Two [digital files], 2010 May 30
 

"A Day and a Life" [digital files]

electronic_records
ER 3"A Day and a Life" [digital files], 2003
 

"The Voice of the Voiceless" (Show #1) [digital files]

electronic_records
ER 4"The Voice of the Voiceless" (Show #1) [digital files], circa 2015

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