Dennis Billups

Dennis Billups is a blind disability rights and gentrification activist. He was Chief Morale Officer in the 504 disability rights sit-in of 1977.

Dennis on the 504 protest: “It was like an awakening you know, a group of disabled persons had never got together before in that large number to speak, to talk, or to even protest anything. We would like more a piece of the American Pie.”

Dennis today: “I do believe advocacy for African American disabled persons is still the number one priority because there is not enough of it right now.”

A confident drawing of the head and shoulders of an African American man wearing dark glasses. A vibrant lemon background contrasts with his face and the flood of deep purple of his sweater.
Dennis Billups by Eric Boysaw, pencil and watercolor, 16 x 20 inches, 2019

IMAGE: A confident drawing of the head and shoulders of an African American man wearing dark glasses. A vibrant lemon background contrasts with his face and the flood of deep purple of his sweater.

Eric Boysaw from Creativity Explored is a native born San Franciscan. His language, American Sign Language, has influenced many of the artworks he has produced over the years. Eric primarily works with drawing media, using pastel, charcoal, and ink with great precision. In 2011, his work was chosen by CB2 as the basis for a rug design.

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