“Let my final actions thunder of love, solidarity, protest - of empowerment.
I adamantly protest the richest culture in the history of the world, a culture which has the obvious potential to create a golden age of science and democracy dedicated to maximizing the quality of life of every person, but which still squanders the majority of its human and physical capital on modern versions of primitive symbols of power and prestige.
I adamantly protest the richest culture in the history of the world which still incarcerates millions of humans with and without disabilities in barbaric institutions, backrooms and worse, windowless cells of oppressive perceptions, for the lack of the most elementary empowerment supports.
I call for solidarity among all who love justice, all who love life, to create a revolution that will empower every single human being to govern his or her life, to govern the society and to be fully productive of life quality for self and for all.
I do so love all the patriots of this and every nation who have fought and sacrificed to bring us to the threshold of this beautiful human dream. I do so love America the beautiful and our wild, creative, beautiful people. I do so love you, my beautiful colleagues in the disability and civil rights movement.”
The letter starts out highlighting his commitment to love, solidarity, protest and empowerment. His passion and devotion allowed him to take a need for a disability rights from an idea in 1986 to the Americans with Disabilities act in 1990. His devotion to solidarity among people with disabilities was visible when he toured the United State collecting stories from people with disabilities that were later used to help pass the ADA.
In 1996 President Clinton gave him the Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a civilian can receive in the United States. After receiving the award he wanted to share it with as many advocates he could, posing in countless photos with activist wearing the medal. Justin Dart was a great man who anyone, with or without a disability, could rightfully look up to.