Signing Black in America

One Book Watch Party ~ Signing Black in America

Friday, February 23, 2024 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Saturday, February 24, 2024 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Sunday, February 25, 2024 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Monday, February 26, 2024 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Friday, March 1, 2024 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Sunday, March 3, 2024 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Monday, March 4, 2024 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
  • Virtual Event -- Access Info Below
Explore the unique dialect of ASL that developed within segregated Black Deaf communities -- perfect to watch as you read Sara Novic's novel TRUE BIZ.
Black American Sign Language
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Just like spoken languages, sign languages have dialects. Signing Black in America 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.  Different uses of space, hand use, directional movement, and facial expression 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. 

Largely unknown to outsiders, Black ASL has become a symbol of solidarity and a vital part of identity within the Black Deaf community.  With the perspectives of Black signers, Sign Language interpreters, and the scholars who have worked to uncover it, Signing Black in America explores the history and development of this unique and expressive variety of visual communication. 

Signing Black in America began screening in 2020 and is the second program in the Emmy Award winning Talking Black in America series, five interrelated documentaries on African American language and culture and their transformative influence on the United States and beyond.

Stream the 27-minute film for free at the button above.

One Book Steamboat & Bud's Watch Party

One Book Steamboat True Biz

This is a featured event to enhance the ONE BOOK STEAMBOAT community reading of Sara Novic's novel True Biz and the Yampa Valley's growth, understanding and inclusion of all disabilities.

In addition to our in-person film screenings in Library Hall, Bud Werner Library continues to spearhead special opportunities to view hot documentaries at home. The library hopes that you'll enjoy watching these thoughtful films, then come together for community conversations to share the experience.