Ella performs Amos Draper’s (class of 1872) poem The Halls of Gallaudet (1907)
As Gloria Farr, one of the Unity for Gallaudet protestors who is also an alumnus of RIT, told me the day after the Black Friday mass arrests, “We have Gallaudet. It is like what the State of Israel is to Jewish People” – go to 5:44
While many of us may not be alumni of Gallaudet – Deaf folks across the land and across the globe equate Gallaudet with Deaf natural sign language people – as a “place of our own”
I may not be an alumnus but it was during my three weeks there in the summer to learn ASL (i grew up partially Deaf without any sign language) that i fell in love with my Deaf self and also my soulmate – a two for one. Thank you gally!
so kudos to Ella for translating this beloved, historic, and timeless poem for us.