Stacey Park Milbern was a queer Korean-American disability rights activist who co-founded the group and dedicated her life to working for oppressed people. Today’s Doodle, created by San Francisco, CA-based guest artist Art Twink in recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, honors Stacey Park Milbern’s legacy on her 35th birthday.
Milbern was born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1987. She grew up on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and started working for disability justice when she was 16 years old. She formed disability justice with other activists in 2005 after having noticed an absence of advocating for disabled LGBTQIA+ and people of color in the disability community. Disability justice is a structure dedicated to ensuring that the views of typically marginalized communities inside the disabled community are not left out the of fight for disability rights.
Moving to California
Milbern relocated to the Bay Area, California, when she was 24 years old, where she worked relentlessly to organize, write, and speak for the movement, eventually becoming Director of Programs at the Center of Independent Living. Milbern worked as an advisor to the national administration after being named to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in 2014.
Happy Birthday, Stacey.
Stacey Milbern always dreamed big and lived up to her ideals, whether it was advocating for national legislation or establishing community through the Disability Justice Culture Club. Stacey Park Milbern, Happy 35th Birthday, your presence and impact is missed by many. But we will remember your legacy always.