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What is Black Sign Language?

Just like spoken languages, sign languages have dialect. 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. This is an excerpt from the documentary, Signing Black in America.

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Video credit: Language & Life Project at North Carolina State University.

Topic: ASL, Language
Type of Source: Video