Forum discusses plaque that commemorates education of black deaf students during the "Separate but Equal" era

  • Title: Forum discusses plaque that commemorates education of black deaf students during the "Separate but Equal" era
  • Posted by: Andrew Greenman
  • Featured: September 28 - October 16, 2017
  • Byline:Courtesy of Charity Warigon
  • Description

    On September 19, the Office of Diversity and Equity for Students (ODES) invited members of the community to an open forum to solicit feedback regarding what Gallaudet should do about the Kendall School Division II School for Negroes plaque that is posted at the site of the Kellogg Conference Hotel. The plaque is not currently in a highly visible location.

    The plaque commemorates a special moment in history when Louise Burrell Miller led a group that successfully sued the D.C. Board of Education in 1952 to have black deaf students, including her own children, educated within the District. Before that time, black deaf students were sent to schools far away from their homes. After the U.S. District Court's decision, black deaf children in the District were educated at Kendall School Division II School for Negroes, a school which was segregated from the main Kendall school, until the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed school segregation in 1954.

    The forum was attended by more than 50 people. From the forum, it emerged that the community, particularly community members of color, want to see something more "honorific" that better encapsulates and memorializes the history of education of black deaf students on campus as well as the historic legal lawsuit that brought black deaf students to the Gallaudet campus during the "Separate but Equal" era.

Posted by Andrew Greenman | Posted September 28, 2017 at 4:11 PM

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Washington, DC 20002