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Black Deaf Resources

The resources below are a collection of websites, videos, books, readings, and other learning material that I have found to be helpful overtime and use in my Black Deaf Communities course. This list is constantly growing and is a compilation of resources that have been shared with me over social media, I have found on YouTube or have been created by the Black Deaf community or disability support organizations. If you use these resources please give credit to the individual(s) or organization that labored to put the material together. This information can be found within each link. Please use these resources as a starting point to incorporate Black Deaf life, experiences, and history into your courses and/or to expand your understanding and knowledge about the diversity, needs, history and complexities of Black community life.  


RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center- List of Black Deaf Artists

Black Deaf History – Joseph Sarpy (Actor)


“From White Deaf People’s Adversity to Black Deaf Gain”: A Proposal for a New Lens of Black Deaf Educational History By Dr. Rezenet Tsegay Moges 

Black Deaf Ph.D Project

The Powerful History Story about Deaf Black & White Students Separated

Black, Disabled, and Proud: College Students with Disabilities

History of the Maryland School for the Colored Deaf and Blind

Black Deaf History- Southern School for the Deaf

International Black Deaf Perspectives & Resources

Deaf and Destined to Bridge the World | Isidore Niyongabo | TEDxSDSU


Dr. Andrew Foster, Ghana and the Roots of Deaf Education in Africa 

Documentary Deaf Rolemodels in Kenya, Africa


National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA)

Born Too Soon? Willard Shorter (Founder of NBDA)

Helping to Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf Communities

International Deaf Education and Leadership (IDEAL)

Give Back To Community- Zambia (GBCZ)


Silent Dreams

Since childhood it was this Deaf basketball player's "Silent Dream" to play with hearing players on a professional basketball team. In 2004 Osei Morris was the first Deaf African American to play in the American Basketball Association (ABA) with the "LA-Stars." Osei narrates his once in a lifetime experience. This mini-doc was shot by a deaf female filmmaker and edited by a student editor; it is voiced and captioned.

Black Deaf Collective Information

Black Deaf Culture Through the Lens of Black Deaf History

By Benro Ogunyipe, Former NBDA President 2011-2013

ASUW Student Disability Commission

Black Deaf Center

Center for Black Deaf Studies- Gallaudet University

Black American Sign Language

‘ASL Bae’: Get to know Black ASL interpreter Billy Sanders

Celebrating and preserving Black American Sign Language 

The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure (Book & DVD) (2011) (paperback 2020)

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Publications/Media By & About Black Deaf Communities

Class of '52

(Black Deaf Segregated Schools film)

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