Celebrate People's History: ADAPT
Medium:2 Color Offset Printed Poster
A orange and blue image of a poster with text on either side of an orange outline of a man in a wheelchair with his arm raised in a fist. Poster is titled “ADAPT." Main text on the poster reads: “Since the early 1980s, ADAPT has been a national network of activists with disabilities that employs nonviolent civil disobedience to demand changes in policies that exclude people with disabilities from American society. After winning “the right to ride”—a national struggle for accessible public transportation—ADAPT is now fighting policies which lock people with disabilities away in nursing homes and other institutions. ADAPT members have helped thousands of people with disabilities get out of institutions to live autonomously in their own homes and communities.”
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.