Monthly Archives: December 2015

Celebrating Andrew & Others

NTID had another marvelous Deafmute Banquet November 13, 2015.  (dont worry the word “mute” is used here in historical reference to the Deafmute banquets hosted in France in honor of the founded of the Paris Deaf school, l’Epee, and the people of the handeye (signed language people)

Souvenirposter(2)jpfIn addition to the awesome Roots Out of a Dry Ground: The Life and Work of Andrew Foster exhibit  and the Unfolding the Soul of Black Deaf Expressions exhibit in Dyer Arts Center –  (see excerpts of the Black Deaf artists panel – there was also a screen of a 30 minute film on the Life and Legacy of Andrew Foster, which can be seen at

The banquet featured NTID/RIT student actors portraying important Black Deaf people who have passed away – you can see these short ASLized bios at:

Eugene Hairston (boxer) by Malik Morris

Nathie Marbury (ASL teacher and storyteller) by Leah Murray

Jeremiah Germany (VR counselor, teacher, and advocate) by Keith Banks

Peter Mba (first Deaf Nigerian to get doctorate – leader in the field of Special Education) by Oladimeja Okeniyi

Gabriel Adepoju  (Deaf Nigerian to found a Deaf school) by Ikemefuna Chukwunyerenwa

Annie Mae Fultz (mother of Black quadruplets) by Abigail Danquah

Douglas Craig (caretaker at Gallaudet) by Joan Bempong

Linwood Smith (author, poet, and mental health leader) by Justin Perez

Andrew Foster (first Black Deaf person to graduate from Gallaudet, founded over 30 school for the Deaf, educator, mentor, and missionary)  by Kyle Morris

We hope to add Roger O’Kelly (Deafblind lawyer) by David Player soon