Deaf President History

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Deaf President Now Gallaudet University was established in 1864 to serve the Deaf. At the time, Gallaudet had been in existence for 124 years led by six different hearing presidents until the Deaf President Now (DPN) protest. It occurred between March 6 through the 13, 1988 after the announcement of resignation of sixth president Jerry C. Lee, who had been president since 1984. Since 1864 no President had been deaf and that's exactly what they wanted... a Deaf President. Prior to the first week of March in 1988, virtually no one outside of Gallaudet University was aware of the growing tension within the deaf community. The staff, faculty, students, and alumni of Gallaudet were ready for a deaf president. However, the Board of Trustees chose…show more content…
Protesters numbering over 2,500 marched on Capitol Hill, holding banners that said, "We still have a dream! They collectively fought until they were heard. They triumphed and proved that they don't have to let society take control of their culture. To understand the magnitude of this event, one must appreciate the history of deaf culture. By the end of the week, the students ended their protest and proclaimed victory. All of their demands had been met and Dr. I. King Jordan was named Gallaudet's eighth - and first - deaf president. It was a proud and historic moment for the American Deaf community as well as for Gallaudet University and its' students. Dr. I. King Jordan, a faculty member of Gallaudet, became the first deaf president of the University. In 2006 Dr. Jordan stepped down after close to 20 years as president. Unfortunately the search and selection of Dr. Jordan's replacement sparked a second protest at the University. Dr. Jordan was eventually succeeded by President Robert R. Davila who served a three-year term. After a successful search process in 2009, President T. Alan Hurwitz became the tenth president of Gallaudet University on January 1, 2010. Both Davila and Hurwitz are also deaf men. Attitudes have changed significantly, too. As deaf people move into, and move up, to more and more jobs, as they enter training programs, colleges and graduate schools, they become more visible. People now see them as smart and capable people. The old phrase, "deaf and dumb" has faded
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