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Deaf President Now: A News Footage Perspective

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    Galludet University was established in 1864.
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    From 1864 to 1987, that is 124 years.
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    In 124 years, there has been 6 hearing presidents.
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    The 6th president, Dr. Lee, announced that he was leaving.
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    The Gallaudet community: students, teachers, faculity, alumni
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    discussed how they felt that it was time for a deaf president to be selected.
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    They discussed and pushed for this.
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    The candidates were picked and two were deaf, one was hearing.
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    March 1st, 1988 - the first formal rally happened.
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    1,500 people showed up to show their support and
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    how they believed that a deaf president should be selected.
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    During March 2-5, media got involved
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    and lots of people sent in their support for a deaf president.
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    On Sunday March 6th, we were excited to find out who would be selected.
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    We were dismayed when we saw the letter.
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    We had come early, thinking that we would get some sort of speech but instead
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    we found a pile of letters that were left for us that announced that we had a hearing president once again.
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    We started to discuss what we should do and started to chant: "Deaf President Now"
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    From this moment, the "Deaf President Now" protest began.
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    (chanting: Deaf President Now)
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    "Why hearing why?!"
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    "This woman can't even sign. The students do not want her. We make our intentions very clear."
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    "...and be our spokesperson?!?"
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    (chanting: Deaf President Now!)
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    (chanting: We want Zinser OUT!)
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    "I am so mad. This makes me sick!"
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    (unclear)
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    "This is a slap in our face!"
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    "If not now, then never. We want it now."
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    (chanting: Deaf President Now!)
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    (fingerspelling) "VERY DISAPPOINTING"
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    (fingerspelling) "DISGUSTING"
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    (fingerspelling) "SICKENING"
Cím:
Deaf President Now: A News Footage Perspective
Leírás:

On August 24, 1987, Gallaudet's 6th president, Dr. Jerry Lee, announced that he would be leaving the presidency of Gallaudet. It prompted new (or rekindled) discussion among the Deaf community that it is time for Gallaudet to have a Deaf president leading the one and only Deaf university in the world. The search committee narrowed down from 67 applicants to 3 finalists: Dr. Harvey Corson (Deaf), Dr. Elizabeth Zinser (hearing), and Dr. I. King Jordan (Deaf).

On March 6, 1988, it was expected that the board would announce the new 7th president in the field house at 8:30 pm. Instead of making a formal announcement, the audience was told that "a news release had been hastily distributed two hours earlier" revealing that Dr. Elizabeth Zinser has been selected as first 7th president of Gallaudet.

The reaction to the news was "met with shock, anger, disbelief, and, in some cases, tears" because every effort were made to the Gallaudet Board of Trustees with strong urgency that it is time for Gallaudet to have a Deaf president to lead the university. Upon the selection of Dr. Zinser, the birth of the now well-known Deaf President Now (DPN) protest officially began.

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Video Language:
American Sign Language
Duration:
16:24

English subtitles

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