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Celebrating Black History Month

Lois Curtis pictured with two of her art pieces, one of them being a self-portrait.

L’Arche GWDC’s Diversity Commission is leading us in celebrating Black History Month because of who we are and where we are.    

This year, we are focusing our celebration on Lois Curtis.  Lois Curtis was an artist, like many in our community, with a particular interest in self-portraits. She was the lead plaintiff in the 1999 Supreme Court case Olmstead v. L.C. Lois’s advocacy and fight for freedom quite literally changed the future of thousands of lives of people with disabilities and continues to ensure the dignity and rights of the disabled community. 

In honor and celebration of Lois and her leadership, we invite you to do your own self portrait! Keep scrolling to see what community members have already submitted. Send your self portrait to info@larche-gwdc.org

Read more about choosing to celebrate Black History Month here!
Read Luke's full letter and GWDC's Mandate here

Message from Luke | GWDC's New Mandate


It is a great delight and privilege to have accepted the invitation to be our Community Leader for our new 2023-2028 Mandate. 

The Mandate is bold and encouraging, centering on the needs of the community, broadening and deepening our relationships. 

As I start this new Mandate, I ask that you hold me accountable, engage in a spirit of partnership, and perhaps most importantly, hold the community and me in your prayers. 

In peace and deep gratitude,


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Community member self portraits inspired by Lois Curtis: Maggie, Beth, & Francene

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