Reverend Calvin Peterson and Disabled in Action Atlanta CollectionReverend 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: Disabled in Action (Atlanta).
Creator: Peterson, Calvin E.
Dates: 1967-2015
Extent: 2.0 boxes (0.5 linear foot, 2 oversize items and 4 audiovisual items)
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, DVDs, and other materials that document Rev. Peterson and Disabled in Action's advocacy and activism.

Collection Description

Biographical 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, DVDs, 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 and Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open for research.

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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Conditions Governing Use note

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff.


Related Materials

Access Points

Disabled in Action (Atlanta).
People with disabilities--Civil rights.
People with disabilities--Georgia.
Peterson, Calvin E.

Related Collections in this Repository

Georgia Disability History Archive


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

BoxFolder
11[Advanced Association for the Physically Handicapped Articles of Incorporation], 1970-1984
12[Disabled in Action Articles of Incorporation], 1986
13[Correspondence], 1986-2010
14[Board of Directors Meeting Minutes], 2008
15[Press Releases and Clippings], 1967-2015
16[Brochures and Flyers], 1988-2010
17Church, 1990, 2005-2007
18[Addressing Sexual Abuse in Persons with Disabilities Project], 1995
19[Anniversary Awards Banquet], 1994-1995
110[The Day of Inclusion], 2004-2010
111[Statements by Rev. Calvin Peterson], circa 1990-2006
112[Nothing Is Impossible (book information0], 2006
113[Partner Organizations], 1997, 2005
114Photographs [photocopies], 1990s-2010s
Box
2Banner: Disabled in Action, circa 2010
2Banner: Nothing Is Impossible [book promotion], circa 2010
3rd Annual Day of Inclusion Program, 2006
7th Annual Day of Inclusion Program, Part Two, 2010
A Day and a Life, undated
Reverend Peterson: Voice of the Voiceless [Show #1], undated