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Compensation - Zeinabue Irene Davis
Call Number: 1st floor, Reserve, DVD 2519
92 mins. B & Wpresents two unique African-American love stories between a deaf woman and a hearing man. Inspired by a poem written by Paul Laurence Dunbar, this moving narrative shares their struggle to overcome racism, disability and discrimination. An important film on African-American deaf culture, Davis innovatively incorporates silent film techniques (such as title cards and vintage photos) to make the piece accessible to hearing and deaf viewers alike, and to share the vast possibilities of language and communication. Michelle Banks is the actress in this film.

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Deaf people of color : what are the issues? : [speech by] Carolyn McCaskill - Carolyn McCaskill-Emerson
Call Number: 1st floor, Deaf Media, HV2474 .A72 1987 no. 63
60 mins.ASL Lecture Series.Carolyn McCaskill-Emerson is coordinator of Minority Achievement and Multicultural Programs at Gallaudet University. She states in her lecture that "tolerance is no longer enough", we should "embrace" diversity. She addresses five major areas: abolishing the "melting pot syndrome", cultural identification, cultural differences, current trends, and including the unincluded

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Look out world, here I come: a day with Carla Shird - Sonya Ray Coleman and Kimberly A. Turner
Call Number: 1st floor, Deaf Media, HV2561.W18 H69 1999
25 mins.American Sign Language, spoken English voiceover, open captionedThis video features Carla Shird, a 1998 graduate of Howard University. This videotape describes a day in her life as a student at Howard, and describes the challenges she had to overcome as a deaf student mainstreamed at a hearing university. Carla describes how she accessed campus support services. Throughout the video, she offers advice to students, interpreters, professors, and persons who are responsible for providing accommodation.

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Nathie: no hand-me downs - Nathie Marbury
Call Number: 1st floor, Deaf Media, HV2534.M3 A3 2005
DVD, 125 mins.Nathie Marbury tells her story: the 16th of 17 children, born into a family not believing in education, goes on to earn three college degrees and late in life finds her identity as a black, deaf woman.

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Passion of words turning into action: a Black Deaf filmmaker's journey - Ann Marie "Jade" Bryan
Call Number: 1st floor, Deaf Media, PN1998.3.B79 P37 2004
DVD, 120 mins.American Sign Language and English, with English subtitles.Includes interviews, student films, behind the scenes productions, personal video diaries about being a struggling filmmaker, production experiences, and professional production clips. Accompanied by DVD, "Behind the scenes: Somalia," 14:09 minutes, with music, subtitled. The accompanying DVD provides a look at the production of Jade's first feature film, "Somalia," the story of an African-American Deaf woman who falls in love with a musician.

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Phenomenal professionals [videorecording] : career stories of individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing - NETAC at NTID
Call Number: 1st floor, Deaf Media, HV2455 .P43 2002
DVD, 36 mins. Open captioned.Claudia Gordon, Esq

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Reflections on a Deaf Black Woman - Michelle Banks
Call Number: 1st floor, Deaf Media, HV2534.A3 .R44 2007
DVD, 95 mins.English and American Sign Language. CC.REFLECTIONS OF A BLACK DEAF WOMAN, written by and starring Michelle Banks, was performed at the award-winning Victory Theatre Center in January 2006. This insightful work reveals the hardships and triumphs of two strong African-American women that speak to the human condition and the search for love and understanding.

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The legacy of Eliza Taylor - Eliza Taylor and Ella Irby
Call Number: 1st floor, Deaf Media, HV2534.T29 A3 1999
48 mins.Ella Irby interviews 93-year old Eliza Taylor, the oldest living black graduate of the Arkansas School for the Deaf. Conducted in ASL.

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The Rosa Lee Show: 2004-2008 - Rosa Lee Gallimore Timm
Call Number: 1st floor, Deaf Media, HV2508 .G55 2008
DVD, 150 mins. In American Sign Language with optional English captions.Storytelling: Kondima -- Little feet -- Dummy -- Liberty road -- Frog prince -- Dick & Jane. Short films: NOYBTV:1 -- My Deaf lady -- Wait -- NOYBTV: 2 -- Harvey Potter -- You and me. Poetry & Music: All I want -- River song -- Easy -- They say -- Fast & free. Bonus features: Welcome -- All I want (remix) -- Audist powers (preview) -- Behind the scenes -- Special thanks -- Credits. Live shows: Kondima -- Little feet -- All I want -- Liberty Road -- Dick & Jane -- Easy



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Bathlight: Poems and Digital Arts - Rosa Lee Gallimore
Call Number: 3rd floor, PS3607.A455 B38 2006

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Black and deaf in America : are we that different - Ernest Hairston
Call Number: 4th floor, HV2545.H342 1983
ISBN: 0932666191
Shirley Allen, Katie Brown, Mary Cheese, Carolyn McCaskill-Emerson

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Cultural and Language Diversity and the Deaf Experience - Ila Parasnis
Call Number: 4th floor, HV2545 .C85 1996
ISBN: 0521454778
Click on title to open up ebook Dianne K. “In Search of Self: Experiences of a Postlingually Deaf African-American"

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Deaf American Poetry : An Anthology - John Lee Clark
Call Number: 3rd floor, PS591.D4 D43 2009
ISBN: 1563684136
Kristi Merriweather's poem and bio is in this book. Abiola Haroun's profile and work is also in this book.

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Deaf Studies III: Bridging Cultures in the 21st Century - College of Continuing Education, Gallaudet University
Call Number: 4th floor, HV2526 .D423 1993
African American Deaf Women in Performing Arts: Theater and Film by Michelle Banks and Ann Marie Bryan. Onyx Theatre Company, Inc has been established as a recognition of the visible gap that reminds in the Deaf theater community for African Americans. While there is existing Deaf theater, and while it remains dedicated to expressing the experiences of the Deaf community, it neglects to explore the experiences of its many minority subcultures. Multicultural/Minority Issues in Deaf Studies by Carolyn McCaskill-Emerson. Jesse Jackson once said, "America is not like a blanket- one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color, the same texture, the same size. America is more like a quilt- many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common thread." I have thought deeply about this metaphor and feel that it is fitting for this occasion. It expresses exactly how I feel about the Deaf community in America.

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Deaf women of Canada : a proud history and exciting future - Hilda Marian Campbell
Call Number: OVER 4th floor, HV2577.A3 C35 2002
ISBN: 1552202658
Dawn Marie Moncrieffe and Amy Louise Parsons

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Deaf women: a parade through the decades - Marjoriebell Stakley Holcomb
Call Number: 4th floor, HV2534.A3 H643 1989
ISBN: 0915035286
Shirley Allen, Michelle Banks, Elizabeth Moore Aviles, Diane Brooks, Katie Brown, Mary Cheese, Lottie Mae Crook, Lois Dadzie, Sheryl Guest Emery, Ida Wynette Gray Hampton, Amanda Johnson, Helen Johnson Luckey, Nathie Marbury, Carolyn McCaskill-Emerson, Mary Lynch Van Manen, Ruth Reed

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Empowerment and black deaf persons, April 6-7, 1990 - College for Continuing Education, The National Academy, Gallaudet University
Call Number: 4th floor, HV2526 .E47 1990
A Minority Within a Minority: Being Black, Deaf, and Female presented by Carolyn McCaskill-Emerson

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Far from home : memories of World War II and afterward - Mary Wright Herring
Call Number: 4th floor, HV2534.W75 W75 2005
ISBN: 1563683199
Click on title to access the ebook

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Great Deaf Americans: The Second Edition - Matthew Moore and Robert Panara
Call Number: 4th floor, HV2534.A3 M66 1996
ISBN: 0963401661
Read about Shirley Allen, the first African American Deaf woman to get a Ph.D.

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Living legends : six stories about successful deaf people - Darlene Toole
Call Number: 4th floor, HV2534.A3 T64 1996
ISBN: 1884362133
Profile of Shirley Allen

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Living legends II : six stories about incredible deaf people - Darlene Toole
Call Number: 4th floor, HV2380 .T66 1998
ISBN: 188436232X
Laurene Gallimore is profiled.

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On Different Roads - Geraldine Lawhorn
Call Number: 4th floor, HV1624 .L39 1991
ISBN: 0533088240
Publication Date: 1991-07-01
[The author] was deaf and blind by the time she completed high school, but she did not allow this to embitter her. Instead, she fought for a rewarding life, meeting many wonderful people and doing her share toward helping other handicapped people achieve a better, more independent existence ... The author chose to become a performer, appearing onstage in a one-woman show in which she performed monologues and played the piano ... In later years, [she] became a teacher at Hadley School for the Blind.

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Sounds like home : growing up Black and deaf in the South - Mary Wright Herring
Call Number: 4th floor, HV2534.W75 A3 1999
ISBN: 1563680807
Click on title to access ebook


Streamed Videos

You can look up individuals in YouTube.

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Understanding diversity in the deaf community: Laurene Gallimore - Laurene Gallimore and Julie H. Simon
Call Number: HV2545 .U53 1999 v.2
Available in Deaf Media Collection, 1st floor, Vol. 2 VHS.Gallimore shares her experiences and perspectives as an African American Deaf woman, and her thoughts on the importance of selecting and working with an interpreter.


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Gallaudet Encyclopedia Entries


  • Deaf population
    • education of minorities
      • 1: 271-273
    • incidence of deafness among minorities
      • 1: 270-271
    • income of minorities
      • 1: 274
    • minorities
      • 1: 270-276
    • occupations of minorities
      • 1: 273-274
    • segregation and isolation of minorities
      • 1: 275
    • services for minorities
      • 1: 274
  • Education
    • deaf minorities
      • 1: 271-278

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A mighty change: an anthology of deaf American writings- 1816-1864 - Christopher Krentz
Call Number: PS508.D43 M54 2000
ISBN: 1563681013
3rd floor and ETRR, LBJ 3355 Jewel provides the only reference to deaf African Americans in these pages, pointing to the existence of that overlooked group.


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