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The Untold Stories of Black Deaf Women

ASL & Interpreting Club at UH

Friday, March 18, 2011 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

The Untold Stories of Black Deaf Women

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The UH ASL Interpreting Program Presents:

Untold Stories of Black Deaf Women

Learn from this Panel Discussion featuring Black Deaf women sharing 

their experiences and struggles being Deaf in America.

African American woman dressed in traditional African garb

Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 3-5pm

Location: UH - Social Work Bldg, RM 101

Sign Language Interpreters will be provided.

(Refreshments immediately following the event.)

0.2 DARS-BEI Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available. 

Black History Month


Distinguished Panel Members:

Dr. Shirley Allen – Meet Dr. Allen, the First Black Deaf woman to receive a PhD!  

Ms. Mary van Manen is the First Black Deaf person to graduate from college in Mississippi.  She recently retired from work, having spent 46 years as an educator of the Deaf both in Texas and Florida. Mary was appointed by Texas Governor Ann Richards to serve on the State Governing Board for the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) for almost 15 years.

Ms. Mary Perrodin is employed by the Houston Independent School District as an Educator of the Deaf.  She is currently pursuing her second Master's Degree at Prarie View A & M University.  

Ms. Rebbie Smith has been employed by the Michael E. Debakey VA Hospital for twenty-four years. She has received the Special Contribution Award from 1993-2011.  She is currently pursuing her education to advance in her profession.

Ms. Michelle Martin currently serves as the President of the United Methodist Committee for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministries.  She was the first Black Deaf person to take and pass the Texas State Board Licensing exam to become a Licensed Massage Therapist in 1992.



Panel Moderator: 

Mrs. Sharon Grigsby Hill, MBA is a sign language interpreter - DARS BEI Level IV & Advanced.  She also sits on the DARS Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) and was recently hired as an adjunct Professor for the UH ASLI Program.


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When & Where

UH - Main Campus
4800 Calhoun
Houston, TX 77004

Friday, March 18, 2011 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

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