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What is Black American Sign Language?

Just like spoken languages, sign languages have dialects.

Black ASL is the unique dialect of American Sign Language (ASL) that developed within historically segregated African American Deaf communities. Largely unknown to outsiders, Black ASL has become a symbol of solidarity and a vital part of identity within the Black Deaf community.

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Related Resources

Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture

Center for Black Deaf Studies

TikToker Teaches Black American Sign Language