Make Change Film Series: Signing Black in America

Mar 9, 2021

04:00 pm - 05:30 pm

400 7th St N
La Crosse, 54601

Event Website

(608) 785-9468

The film series aims to provide community conversations with the purpose of covering important community issues. Following the film, participants debrief and engage in discussions and reflections as we challenge all to think about ways, we —together— can make change in our community.

Film synopsis: “This is the first documentary about Black ASL: the unique dialect of American Sign Language (ASL) that developed within historically segregated African American Deaf communities. Black ASL today conveys an identity and sense of belonging that mirrors spoken language varieties of the African American hearing community. The program highlights the different uses of space, hand use, directional movement, and facial expression, which are ways that Black ASL distinguishes itself as a vibrant dialect of American Sign Language. The African American Deaf community is now embracing their unique variety as a symbol of solidarity and a vital part of their identity.”

*Western students who attend will receive a $10 Union Market gift card. Please use your Western email.
*Open to staff, students, and community members

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