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Hesna Bokoum

Image: A headshot of a Black, brown skinned, young adult with an afro textured natural bun atop her head. She is wearing gold hoop earrings, a silver septum piercing, and is draped in a Palestinian Kufiya. Her eyebrows are sharp and above her left brow is a thin script tattoo that says "by myself."

Contact Hesna: bokoumn at hotmail.com 

Hesna Bokoum is an organizer on the South Side of Chicago and blogger. Her passions lie with expanding conversations about ableism and navigating the world as a disabled person through a Black, lesbian, and non-binary lens. She attended American University to pursue her goal of elevating her ideas and perspective to a platform where she would be able to educate the next generation of leaders. Her tenacity in securing the rights of Black, Queer Disabled people as well as other marginalized groups is well-documented through her work and actions. She developed a syllabus called the “Black Rage at the Table” that presents information on ableism and disability through an intersectional scope. Currently, her efforts on the South Side of Chicago are geared towards the fight for police accountability and local political transparency. Hesna’s passions also encompass translating critical theory into a format that would be more relevant to the average reader using pop culture. Her love of culture and music, following current trends, and empathy towards marginalized people in every intersection keeps her work fresh and relevant to those that would benefit most from her voice.

You can find Hesna at her website, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter @disabledbih

Recent clips:

Black Rage at the Table Syllabus

Disabledbih, April 2018: Bootstrap mental health rhetoric is not the move

Disabledbih, December 2017: Seven suicide attempt anniversary lessons

Hesna is available as a source and for personal essays, opinion editorial, and reported features

Additional communication availability: Phone, Text, Chat, Social Media

Languages: English

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