Rebecca Williford

Rebecca Williford is an accomplished lawyer who uses a wheelchair. She works on disability rights cases with national impact for Disability Rights Advocates in Berkeley.

Nominator: “As a person with a disability, she acts as an important role model for young, aspiring Disability Rights Advocates staff and attorneys who also have disabilities. […] She has played an integral role in many of DRA’s most important cases, which led to Wal-Mart installing accessible card readers, AMC having reliable access to audio description services, Netflix and Hulu agreeing to add audio description technology to much of their online and streaming content. Actions against BART’s broken, out of service, or soiled elevators, is in ongoing negotiations, working to make BART accessible for all.”

IMAGE: The head and shoulders of a woman with shoulder-length black hair and red lips in outline pen on bright, white paper. Billy White’s signature is drawn with a large brush in the top left.
Rebecca Williford by Billy White, pen and pastel, 16 x 20 inches, 2019

IMAGE: The head and shoulders of a woman with shoulder-length black hair and red lips in outline pen on bright, white paper. Billy White’s signature is drawn with a large brush in the top left.

Billy White from NIAD weaves stories through his figurative drawings and paintings, explaining that the narrative forms in his head while he is drawing. Often dredging up long forgotten gems of African American popular culture, White’s subjects range from film, television and art world celebrities and characters to hip hop artists and comedians; as well as imagined characters. He is represented exclusively by SHRINE in New York.