Signing Black in America
February 24th, 2021 @12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
SIGNING BLACK IN AMERICA
Carolyn McCaskill and Ceil Lucas, Gallaudet UniversityRobert Bayley, University of California, Davis
Joseph Hill, National Technical Institute for the Deaf/
Rochester Institute of Technology
Our guests will first present the Black ASL project and the documentarySigning Black; a Q & A period will then follow the showing of the documentary.
Signing Black in Americais the first documentary about Black ASL: the unique dialect of American Sign Language (ASL) that developed within historically segregated African American Deaf communities.Black ASL today conveys an identity andsense ofbelonging that mirrors spoken language varieties of the African American hearing community. Different uses of space, hand use, directional movement, and facial expressionare ways that Black ASL distinguishes itself as a vibrant dialect of American Sign Language. The African American Deaf community is now embracing their unique variety as a symbol of solidarity and a vital part of their identity.
Sign language interpreters will be present during this event