Embrace and Enrich Knowledge About Black Deaf History Month

There are a lot of places that people can go to learn more about Black Deaf History Month. Rather than adding to the many resources out there to learn about Black Deaf History Month, we are unpacking our white privilege by not writing anything new. What is white privilege?

Wikipedia emphasizes that white privilege is connected to “social privilege that benefits people whom society identifies as white in some countries, beyond what is commonly experienced by a non-white person/people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances.”

As a white person, it is difficult to understand how to “unpack your privilege” because it’s not something that is often thought about unless it is in your face about it. Being aware of what advantages people have as a white person is important while writing articles such as this one. Nobody wants to overstep boundaries and disempower the black community from talking about themselves. So rather than sharing information, this article focuses on linking to other places with information for our readers.

Described and Captioned Media Program under NAD has a segment called Black Deaf Culture Through the Lens of Black Deaf History Month - By Benro Ogunyipe, Former NBDA President 2011-2013

Learn about the history of a fantastic organization called National Black Deaf Advocates through their history page.

Searching for #blackdeafhistory on Twitter, there are some amazing results, including tidbits on what different places are doing to honor Black Deaf History Month!

Follow Jade Bryan, a well known black deaf woman director who is shattering minds with her films! This month she is doing a fundraiser for her acting school! If you are local (NYC), check it out.

Following #blackdeaf on instagram gives you a wealth of information on different individuals such as Claudia Gordon the first black deaf lawyer or Aaron Loggins the ASL signer at the Super Bowl.

Last year, HEARD tweeted ”For #BlackHistoryMonth, we share this documentary on Black #Deaf students & educators who fought to desegregate Kendall School which is now affiliated with Gallaudet Univ.” and then shared a beautiful documentary.

Black and Deaf in America is a great book to read. Forward begins with "Being both Black and deaf is in many ways a 'double whammy' because of society's abrogation of each of these two minorities. When the conditions of Blackness and deafness are combined in one person, the individual effects of prejudice, discrimination, and negative self-image are compounded exponentially.” This book was written by Ernest Hairston and Linwood Smith.

For some of you, the word black may not make sense. People raised in the 80’s and 90’s were told that black was rude, African-American was the way to define those that were either brown or black. Here is a great article by the Smithsonian that explains why black is the PC way of approaching black people.

If we missed anything that should be shared, please let us know!