‘Double Whammy’?! Historical Glimpses of Black Deaf Americans

Anja Werner

Abstract


Discrimination on account of both one’s hearing status and skin color can be disabling—but it can also be enabling, as I will show in this historical overview on Black deaf Americans. I examine Black deaf Americans as a minority group within a minority past and present, their changing relationship with signed language, and their activism especially with regard to desegregating education. I argue that Black deaf persons have significantly contributed to American culture, although their contributions have gone largely unacknowledged.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5283/copas.288

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