On March 1, 1988, more than 1,500 students, faculty, and alumni from Gallaudet gathered on campus to support the selection of a Deaf president. It needs to be told in every school. King Jordan actually became a huge advocate for deaf people and for the disabled community in general. And that was one of the sentiments that actually sparked the Deaf President Now protest in 1988. This book chronicles the events leading up to and the deaf president now revolution at Gallaudet University. Another of the Ducks, for example, had a father who was a florist.
On October 16 at a regularly scheduled meeting, faculty members voted 138 to 24 to block Fernandes from becoming president of Gallaudet University. They collectively fought until they were heard. Wilson: Naturally, having just said that just now, we're going to do something today that breaks that rule just a little bit because I've been looking for a while for a podcast subject that was in some way related to a disabled person or disability rights. In the spring 2006 protest, students blocked entrances to the Gallaudet campus, held rallies, and set up tents near the university's main entrance. Holly Frey: And that's not really how it should be. Zinser was the only hearing candidate among the three finalists, and she did not know sign language.
It's just the beginning for all of us. That story does not have quite the Civil Rights implications as this one did, but it was kind of an odd thing to have his entire time as president kind of bookended by these two massive student protests. Greg Hlibok president of the student body became one of the protest prominent leaders. In 1875 a woman became president of Wellesley College. Gallaudet University Public Relations Office.
King Jordan then Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences withdrew his support. There's much less debate on the front of do I teach a child sign language or do I not. And students feel strongly about their universities. Many were arrested and put in prison. In 1926 a black person became president of Howard University. The entire nation owes the students of Gallaudet its gratitude for reminding us once again that each of us has the ability and the right to achieve.
Would have like to see also why Dr. Holly Frey: At this point, the argument that there weren't any qualified deaf people that could be president of the university was really completely invalid. Zinser announced her resignation, and Gallaudet named its first deaf president — I. Bourne-Firl almost missed the protest. Elstad, who-like Hall-had received his master's degree from Gallaudet. Student protesters presented the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees with four demands: 1 The resignation of the hearing, newly appointed university president Elisabeth Zinser and the selection of a Deaf person as president 2 The immediate resignation of Jane Bassett Spilman, chair of the Board of Trustees 3 The reconstitution of the Board of Trustees with a 51% majority of Deaf members 4 No reprisals against any student or staff members involved in the protest When Dr. The biggest problem is the mutation feature.
In part because of the schism that we talked about before between manual and oral instruction. As the world's only university for deaf and hard-of-hearing studentsm Gallaudet had revolutionary potential from inception. King Jordan would be the next president. Holly Frey: Which is good. . A third, Elisabeth Zinser, was not. Lee's announcement of his resignation, deaf advocacy groups and organizations made it clear to the Board that they wanted the next president of Gallaudet University to be deaf.
Holly Frey: I don't remember. The chief topic of discussion was the recommendations put forth by Edward Gallaudet regarding adding articulation lessons to schools' curricula. To research this probing study, the authors interviewed in-depth more than 50 of the principal players. Archived from on March 16, 2012. In the end, the Board rejected the demands and the selection of Zinser remained in place. Holly Frey: That makes it sort of exciting and new. In 1988, the Deaf community used Gallaudet University as a backdrop for their struggle for equality.
The story of Deaf President Now. There must have been 1,000 people. Edward Miner Gallaudet was the president that served the longest-46 years-from 1864 until he retired in 1910. Lee announced that he was leaving the university, many students and faculty felt that this would be their year. At this meeting, the student delegation emphasized that their four demands were not negotiable.
The problem is that the hearing world does not listen. The power demonstrated by the Gallaudet students fueled efforts around Deaf rights for years to come including later protests at Gallaudet , but also efforts to pass the Americans With Disabilities Act. Performer s : Host: Gil Eastman. Over time most diseases evolve to be less deadly. Archived from on April 30, 2013. Less than 40% of people who are deaf or hard of hearing in the U. This is a portion of it.
And that was in Hartford, Connecticut. And at that point, schools for the deaf had really only existed in the United States for less than 40 years. Congress provided approval for Columbia to grant college degrees, and an enabling act for the college was passed and approved by President Lincoln. And we'll talk more about that after a quick word from our sponsor. News release, 1988 Related links:.