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On July 2nd, 1985, Tameka Citchen-Spruce at 6 months old, she was involved in a horrific car accident that left her paralyzed from mid-chest down. Growing up as a black, young woman with a physical disability hasn't been easy learning to love herself.  However, based on her experiences, she has developed a strong passion for disability advocacy and media. It started at 21 years old, as Ms. Wheelchair MI 2006. As Ms. Wheelchair MI, she spoke out about supporting women with disabilities who are being abused. Two years later she formed Women Empower Inc, its mission was to empower women with disabilities to live their best lives. Later she studied Broadcast Television and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Oakland University. 


Because of the combination of her journalism knowledge, and activism she learned the importance of telling a person's story. Her short film, Justifiable Homicide, has been nominated and won an award and her My Girl Story documentary has been selected for film festivals. 

She has been selected for numerous fellowships Americorp, Public Allies of Metro Detroit, Michigan Disability Rights Coalition’s LEAD program and Detroit Equity Action Lab at Judge Damon Keith’s Wayne State University Law Center. She's a proud member of the National Black Disability Coalition. 


Another important role of Tameka’s life is being a wife and mother of two young children.

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