Every day is a struggle for the Black Deaf community.  There is abundant evidence of racial inequality that exists in our country. According to the Brookings Institution, an average white family has about ten times greater net worth than an average black family. In a research by the National Deaf Center, Black Deaf people earn nearly 33% less than White Deaf people.  

 

We at the District of Columbia Area Black Deaf Advocates are not discouraged by the chain of our struggle.  Rather, we carry our struggle as coat of arms as we propel forward because we know that a better day is on the way. 

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Niesha Washington-Shepard

Public Relations Director

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Educational Programming / Event Engagement Committee

Chair

Chris D. Johnson

Bylaws Committee

Chair

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Niesha Washington-Shepard

Election Committee

Chair

Public Relations Team

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Advocacy / Civic Engagement / Education

Advocacy

  • Black History Committee

  • It takes a Village to Raise a Child Symposium (Tentatively aimed for 2023)

Civic Engagement

  • Gala Committee

  • Annual Cookout Committee

  • Six Flags Committee

Education

Historical Archives Committee

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Newsletter Editor

Vacant

Webmaster

Dana Brooks

Social Media Coordinator

Dana Brooks

English-to-ASL Translator

Educational Programming / Event Engagement Committee

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Florence Pratt

Gala Committee

Chair

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Nkiruka Akunwafar

Annual Cookout Committee

Chair

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Dorian Fletcher

Six Flags Committee

Chair

  • Annual Awards Ceremony

  • Entertainment

  • Educational Exhibit Booths

  • Interpreting Mentoring Program 

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Tricia Alleyne

Black History Committee

Chair

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Kathleen Brockway

Historical Archives Committee

Chair

  • Black History Month

  • Juneteenth

  • Annual Holiday Dinner / Kwanzaa

  • Black Deaf Chronicles