Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Names Suite Office, Conference Room After Distinguished Deaf Individuals


Maryland Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will host a room naming ceremony to honor Dr. Gertrude Galloway and Dr. Ernest Hairston by hanging plaques naming their suite office and conference room after these distinguished Deaf Maryland individuals.

Director Kelby Brick is hosting this event for the office. Prominent guests include Dr. Galloway’s daughter, who will fly in from Texas, and Dr. Hairston himself with his family. Community representatives from various Deaf and hard of hearing advocacy organizations, including the National Association of the Deaf, National Black Deaf Advocates, Maryland School for the Deaf, and the Maryland Advisory Council on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will be providing remarks.

WHEN: Friday, September 13, 2019, from 12 pm to 2 pm

WHERE: Governor’s Coordinating Offices, 100 Community Place, Crownsville MD 21032
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Office


Dr. Gertrude Galloway was a civil rights advocate, educator, pioneer, and change agent for the Deaf community. Paving pathways for many Deaf women to hold leadership positions, Dr. Galloway became the first female president of the National Association of the Deaf in 1980, the first Deaf superintendent of the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf in 1991, and the first female president of the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf in 1996. “You need to be tough to make it out there,” Dr. Galloway said. Her career as an educator and administrator at the Maryland School for the Deaf contributed to improving education for Deaf children. Her community activism extended to serving as vice president and president of the Maryland Association of the Deaf. Dr. Galloway passed away in 2014.

Dr. Ernest Hairston is a leader, author, advocate, and mentor for the Deaf community. He was a founding member of the National Black Deaf Advocates. Prior to becoming the first Black Deaf Ph.D. recipient in Special Education Administration from Gallaudet University in 1994, he dedicated his career as the first Black Deaf teacher at the North Carolina School for the Deaf. Dr. Hairston contributed to numerous publications and co-authored “Black and Deaf in America: Are We That Different?” As an educator within the federal government for four decades, Dr. Hairston proclaimed “education is the key to success.” He served on multiple boards, including Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Government and Maryland School for the Deaf. Dr. Hairston mentored Black Deaf youths and co-founded the High Bridge Foundation, Inc. in 2012 to support young people from underserved populations.