UMD highlighting Black Deaf History through free virtual event

Mariam Mackar
Updated: February 17, 2021 10:17 AM
Created: February 17, 2021 08:06 AM

February is Black History Month,  where organizations and individuals highlight Black experiences and accomplishments both now and throughout history.

Today the University of Minnesota Duluth is doing just that by calling attention to Black Deaf history through their virtual event "Sustaining Voices Through Deaf Leadership: How Individuals Reclaim Recognition of Voice Through Music."

Through this event, Founder of  DEAFinitely Dope, Matt Maxey, will share his perspective as a Black Deaf entrepreneur and his success as an ASL hip-hop interpreter- having toured nationally with artists like Chance The Rapper.

Chris Johnson, Deaf studies instructor at UMD and organizer of the event, spoke to WDIO about why it's so important to bring awareness to the Black Deaf experience.

"A lot of people don't know about that history and so I want to bring that forward and be able to inspire a new generation of young people," said Johnson. "My identity is tied to that history and I've experienced oppression, but I want to motivate them that they can work through it and overcome any obstacles or barriers they find."

The free online event takes place at 6:30 tonight. You can sign up for the event or learn more at their event page.


Mariam Mackar

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