Where her work has appeared
Film Festivals, Non-profits or Publications
Co-Presented Surviving Racism and Ableism 101
Lead actor won hottest upcoming actor award
Co-Presented Voter Rights Education Across Michigan
Featured guest to talk about black people with disabilities and poice and voting rights
Disability Justice Activist, Speaker, Independent Film Producer and Screenwriter
Tameka Citchen-Spruce is an African American woman with a physical disability. Born in Detroit, she has been advocating and raising awareness for over 15 years for access to affordable and accessible housing, fighting against voting oppression towards people with disabilities, racial and gender injustices, and health equity. Part of her activism is telling stories. She seeks to produce and write films and documentaries that will influence and inspire the world. Her short film, Justifiable Homicide was nominated Best Short film in Michigan and My Girl Story documentary has been screened at numerous film festivals and Center for Independent Living Conference.
She has spoke and moderated discussions for numerous non-profit organizations like ACLU Michigan, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Facing Race Conference, Warriors on Wheels of Metropolitan Detroit, WDET to name a few. Overall she seeks to advocate, educate, and create media representation of the BIPOC, women, girls and disability communities in thought-provoking, unapologetic and engaging ways.
Tameka was named 2021 ARC Detroit Advocate of the Year Awardee, 2021 Respectability Entertainment Fellow, 2022 NACDD's Betty Williams Equal Opportunity Awardee, DiverseAbility 2022 Disability 30 List nominee. In the Fall of 2022, she was selected to participate in Unlock Her Potential Mentorship program for women of color in entertainment. Her mentor is the social political comedian and TV Executive Producer W. Kamau Bell.
Speeches and Topics
History of African Americans with Disabilities
Ableism and Racism in healthcare
What They Say About Us
"Great presentation ( Ableism and Racism presentation) and I as a working nurse learned so much"
Nurse at Penn State Hospital
"I saw a film that made me feel seen"
Viewer of My Girl Story
My Girl Story is a great watch to understand the constant trauma Black women experience from a young age and how it can subsequently affect the outcome of our future. I highly recommend you check out this film by Tameka Citchen-Spruce
Respectability Film Review
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