This 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. The program highlights the different uses of space, hand use, directional movement, and facial expression, which 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.
Signing Black in America gives a history and perspective that many students and adults have never thought of. The conversations that ensue after watching this are so rich and moving. I recommend this material be viewed by everyone. It is such an enriching piece of media and Black Deaf history.