March 14, 1988 |
Gallaudet University's board of trustees Sunday chose I. King Jordan to be the first deaf president in the 124-year history of the school for the hearing impaired, and announced that board Chairwoman Jane Bassett Spilman has resigned. Jordan, dean of the school's college of arts and sciences, was chosen to replace Elisabeth Ann Zinser, a hearing woman, who resigned early Friday after protests from students seeking a deaf leader had virtually paralyzed Gallaudet's campus.
October 15, 2006 |
Classes were scheduled to resume Monday at the nation's only liberal-arts university for the deaf and hearing-impaired after more than 100 demonstrators were arrested in a protest over its incoming president. Gallaudet University had been virtually shut down since Wednesday, when students formed human chains at the gates into campus as they demanded the resignation of Jane K. Fernandes, who was appointed in the spring to succeed outgoing President I. King Jordan in January.
March 15, 1988
After a week of turmoil, Gallaudet University's campus in Washington opened with the first deaf president in its 124-year history proclaiming jubilantly, "deaf people can do anything . . . except hear." I. King Jordan was greeted with a standing ovation by students at a campus news conference introducing him and new board of trustees chairman, Philip Bravin. Jordan, 44, lost his hearing at age 20 in a motorcycle accident. He speaks clearly, but also uses sign language when he talks.
March 11, 1988 |
Gallaudet University students said Thursday that Elisabeth Ann Zinser, the new president of the school for the deaf, is unwelcome on the campus, and they vowed to keep her out. Students have been protesting the selection of Zinser, who is not deaf and does not know sign language, and their demonstrations have halted virtually all instruction for four days. They have promised to continue their protests until she resigns.
December 29, 1988 |
"Hands Untied," airing tonight at 7:30 on Channel 2, is a moving half-hour look at the status of the deaf and hearing-impaired community in the 1980s. And, to better serve that community, KCBS takes the unusual step of broadcasting the program with subtitles and American Sign Language as well as the spoken word. "Hands" begins with a look at the student rebellion last March at Gallaudet University in Washington, the nation's only liberal arts college for the deaf.
March 13, 1990 |
Crawling up the Capitol steps to dramatize the barriers confronting them, scores of disabled persons rallied Monday to protest delays in congressional action on a Senate-passed bill to expand their access to jobs, transportation and public services. The legislation, endorsed by President Bush, has broad bipartisan backing but has been moving at glacial speed through four House committees since it was approved overwhelmingly by the Senate last September.