Photo of a poster that says "We walk roll kneel run stand with Ahmaud in black, red, and silver paint.
NAMD Advocates
June 8, 2020

#BLM & #BDLM Protest

#BlackLivesMatter & #BlackDisabledLivesMatter Protest On June 6th, Justice Shorter and Keri Gray through the NAMD Advocates organized disabled BIPOC and our allies to participate in the #BlackLivesMatter protest in front…
Photo of Keri sitting in a chair and you can see her prosthetic right leg. The photo is in gray scale.
Work With Me
May 14, 2020

Sanction our Scars

A conversation on unapologetic identity and body positivity. This presentation addresses societal expectations around body images and performance. It encourages the audience to think critically about the myths behind these…

I would fight for my liberty so long as my strength lasted.

Harriet Tubman
Keri Gray in a silver skirt, black and white shirt, and black jacket. She is posing against a pole with a park/water in the background.
Melanin + Curves + Scars
April 15, 2020

Boldly

Boldly Give to the world boldly. Give to the world freely. Give to the world unashamed of who you are.  What is your message?  What is your art?  Who are you and what do you stand for?  In our youth, who we are is constantly evolving. But if we do not define ourselves then others will take that privilege. Don’t…
Keri Gray
April 7, 2020

unlabeled

when keri was eight years old, she was diagnosed with bone cancer. and that left her with a new identity. she wants to redefine how society labels people with disabilities.…

The road back may not be as short as we wish...But there are solid reasons to feel confident about the future.

Richard Parsons
Headshot of Keri. She is wearing an orange top, gold necklaces, white pants, and a green and orange headwrap.
Keri Gray
April 1, 2020

Meet Keri Gray

Keri’s work centers on exploring the impact of race, gender, and disability as Black young professionals mature and transition into their careers. She runs presentations, workshops, and consults on long-term projects that work with young people and employers, so they are equipped to lead, to manage, to organize, and to make a positive impact in their communities while simultaneously balancing…
Photo of Keri wearing gray striped pants, a black cut off shirt, and a mustard coat. She is leaning against a pole with a red and blue brick wall in the background.
Melanin + Curves + Scars
March 1, 2020

The Audacity of Our Advocacy

Organizing takes a radical execution of self love and love for others.  If you take a close look, that mark you see on my belly is not my belly button. It's actually a scar from a feeding tube I had as a kid (due to cancer) that I often cover up.  I made a lot of decisions growing up around…

You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.

Michelle Obama
Photo of Keri Gray in a mustard shirt, brown skirt and long twists. She is standing in a very green setting of grass and hills.
Melanin + Curves + Scars
February 15, 2020

The Chance to Earn My Way

One necessity in my dreams of liberation is the ability to earn respect and opportunities. My skins boils when I think of the doors slammed in our faces without the person even hearing us out.  I think of my students and the stories they’ve told me about the moments they knew they wouldn’t get the job or they would not…

I find freedom sexy. I find freedom so sexy, I can’t even explain it to you. You wake up every day and feel like you can do anything.

Prince
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Melanin + Curves + Scars
December 15, 2019

Dreams Worth Acting Upon

Sometimes I find a good spot and just dream about a transformative society. I dream about office spaces filled with afros, dreadlocks, real talk, street talk, hip hop as elevator music, naturally loud voices, and aggression that’s not violent but confidence. I think of my students and their inculpable aspirations to be great.  But I always remember that our hopes…

Where there is no vision, there is no hope.

George Washington Carver

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any

Alice Walker
Keri Gray in a red cut off shirt, red pants, sunglasses and a tan scarf. She is standing against a rail and blurred building are in the background.
Melanin + Curves + Scars
November 1, 2019

MLK Dreams

I’m constantly thinking about the dream. Dreams that are bold enough to envision our communities and businesses to be inclusive of ALL people. A dream that still calls for us to examine the content of our character and skillset rather than have preconceived notions about our melanin, curves, and crip walks.  In this year, I hope we bring back the…
A picture of Keri with a group of college students doing an activity. The picture has a mustard overlay.
Work With Me
October 14, 2019

Student Activism

This workshop familiarizes multicultural student activists with the basic concepts of community organizing. Participants will become exposed to a range of community organizing approaches and issues taken up by social…

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false and to incur my own abhorrence.

Frederick Douglass
Photo of Keri Gray speaking on a stage. She is wearing a black leather skirt, a white and black shirt, tan heels and long twists.
Melanin + Curves + Scars
October 1, 2019

How much do I share? How much do I hide?

On the job, must I hide my curves and my fro and my prosthetic scars? Can I bring the melanin of my culture AND the slower limp in my walk to work? Though not discussed enough, these are questions that young professionals ask every time they have a job interview or when they move to elevate their careers.  How much…

There are two kinds of worries—those you can do something about and those you can’t. Don’t spend any time on the latter.

Duke Ellington
Photo of Keri Gray and she appears to be talking. She is sitting in a white chair, wearing a red romper, and a black headwrap.
Melanin + Curves + Scars
September 1, 2019

Explorations

We will encounter evidence at an early age that supports our insecurities- ie ableism at the intersections of racism & sexism. But still, I began to imagine a place and people that saw my Black disabled womanhood as magic. I began to explore the beauty of my body, my thoughts and experiences instead of hide them.  Build your confidence up.…

When I liberate myself, I liberate others. If you don't speak out ain't nobody going to speak out for you.

Fannie Lou Hamer
Keri Gray sitting on a couch in a white sweater, multicolored sweater jack and blue jean headwrap.
Melanin + Curves + Scars
August 15, 2019

Bravery

When organizing for concepts like freedom and inclusion your opponents will use every scare tactic possible to silence your bravery. I had to make a conscious decision that I believe in the power and beauty of Black people more than becoming submissive to the struggles.

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.

Arthur Ashe
Keri Gray sitting on a couch with a brick wall behind her. She is wearing a black shirt that says Black women down the front, jeans, and a blue jean headwrap.
Melanin + Curves + Scars
August 1, 2019

What Do You Stand For?

Just a reminder to be bold and confident in everything you do. Show us who you are and what you stand for.  Me personally- I stand for young professionals that hustle for better days and profitable opportunities. I stand for folks that have physical and emotional #scars all along their bodies but they’re unafraid to turn their experiences into testimonies…

Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.

Dr. Mae Jamison

It’s up to you to bring yourself to the attention of powerful people around you. They’re not going to find you on their own.

Richard Parsons
Keri Gray in a white tank top and white lace panties. Her back and booty is the focus of the image with a clear view of her right prosthetic leg.
Melanin + Curves + Scars
July 1, 2019

Keri’s Scars

Keri’s Scars Show this to every Black girl and woman you know. They need to see me. They need to see this level of representation so there is some example of pride.  So they know our fros, our curves, and our scars all exist simultaneously.  So they can made confident decision in who they are.  So they can believe in…

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.

Lena Horne
Keri Gray sitting in an office with a notepad and pen in her hand. She is wearing black leather pants and a black and white sweater.
Melanin + Curves + Scars
June 15, 2019

Present

When I was first starting out as a student in college, I joined every organization that sounded even remotely interesting. I didn’t exactly know my value, but I was hungry to give and to be a part of something great. What I didn’t realize was that I was engaging in one of the first essential components of organizing, and that’s…
A group of 6 black women speaking on a stage, including Keri Gray.
Work With Me
June 14, 2019

NextGen Outreach and Engagement

This presentation helps companies/organizations understand the unique qualities and values that young professionals contribute to the workplace. Today, an increasing number of Millennials and Generation Z are entering the workplace.…

Have a vision. Be demanding.

Colin Powell
Keri Gray sitting in a mustard chair with large bookshelves behind her. She is wearing white pants, a gray sweater with a black animated photo of a woman with a large afro and glasses, and a blue jean headwrap.
Melanin + Curves + Scars
June 1, 2019

Hard Truths

In your work, you will be expected to make tough decisions on how to proceed. You’ll be asked, what should we do next? Is this working? Who on your team is not pulling their weight? But what happens when you see your colleagues going in the wrong direction and your perspective has not been requested? In fact, you doubt they…