A MOTHER’S ZINE ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN OF COLOR IN THE AUTISM COMMUNITY
By Awa Gueye
February 22, 2019
Multidisciplinary Artist, Art Activist Advocate, and Assistant Professor of Visual Communications and Digital Media Arts at Bowie State University, Jennifer White-Johnson has just released a photo zine honoring her autistic son. White-Johnson advocates autism acceptance and visibility specifically for children of color in the autism community through her art.
She uses creativity as a tool to tackle complicated environmental and societal issues. White-Johnson’s work resonates and has been featured in the Washington Post, Print magazine, and two visual projects from two different Grammy-nominated artists.
In April of 2017, White-Johnson created an advocacy campaign and photo narrative in honor of Autism Acceptance Month. Her guidelines for the month were direct: Advocate autistic voices, advocate acceptance, advocate autistic love, advocate for your autistic self, advocate autistic opinions, advocate inclusion.
I’m a neuro-typical parent of a high functioning autistic child of color. He’s a minority within a minority which means he’ll be under attack for all the things that make him unique. For all the things ignorant folks won’t accept and refuse to understand.
Perfectly in line with her mission, White-Johnson’s work will be featured at 5 Points event “How to be a Black Designer Without Losing Your Soul” today in Washington, DC! 5 Points is a platform to empower Black designers, that will serve as a support network and force for change.