Motivational Theatre presentation of "My Blackbird Has Flown Away" - the life of Hugh Gregory Gallagher
Thursday, May 6, 2010
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. EDT
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“My Black Bird Has Flown Away" "My Black Bird Has Flown Away" is a one hour monologue performed in a wheel chair on the life of author, historian and disability advocate Hugh Gregory Gallagher, an Oxford scholar and 1995 recipient of the Henry Betts Prize for lifetime contributions improving the lives of persons with disabilities. Gallagher lost use of his legs to polio at age 19 (in 1952) and used a wheelchair the rest of his life. He suffered depression in his 40s. His life personifies the inextricable link between physical and mental wellness. He authored the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, championed the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and was instrumental in placing a statue of Franklin Roosevelt in a wheelchair at the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C. Perhaps best known among his award-winning books is FDR’s Splendid Deception, an analysis of polio’s effects on FDR’s personality and presidency. Gallagher died of cancer in 2004. The Hugh Gregory Gallagher MOTIVATIONAL THEATRE, Inc., a nonprofit tax exempt corporation, raises public awareness of disability issues and discrimination in our society through dramatizations of real-life and fictionalized experiences. Their powerful, entertaining and insightful plays on persons with physical, developmental and mental disabilities, and others discriminated against based on race, ethnic origin or sexual orientation, help reduce prejudice and stigma. This play works to reinforce the "Those for whom we plan" session held Thursday morning. A 15 minute Q and A session will follow the presentation.