College prof to join panel on deaf protest
February 26, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, IL – Jerry Covell, coordinator of the Interpreter Preparation Program (American Sign Language) at MacMurray, will join a panel on the 25th anniversary of the Deaf President Now protest at Gallaudet University.
Covell was one of the organizers of the protest in 1988 in opposition to the Board of Trustees' decision to appoint a hearing person as president of the university, which is the world’s only liberal arts institution of higher education for the deaf.
Mr. Covell, a 1989 graduate of Gallaudet, was one of four student leaders and, according to the Gallaudet Web site, was considered “the protesting students' ‘spiritual leader,’ due to his fire-and-brimstone speaking style.” The protest led to a reversal of the board’s decision and the appointment of Gallaudet’s first deaf president.
The protest is considered a seminal moment in deaf people asserting their culture and giving the deaf community a shared sense of determination and empowerment. For more information on the protest and the anniversary, click here.
The panel is scheduled for March 9 at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. and will be streamed live here.