Marvin Miller Gettin’ Ready!
December 1st, 2015 has a very special meaning. 60 years ago, Rosa Parks had her share of enemies, perhaps more than most. She was a human icon to do things by full measures. It is incredible how she taught from her heart and soul.
Earlier this afternoon, Marvin Miller had a class project given at Gallaudet University about The Dictionary of American Sign Language on Linguistic Principles that shook the Deaf community 50 years ago that became a trademark for Deaf History. Several generations would pass before every Deaf child in America should be familiar with the name of William Stokoe. The event was a sell-out with many people standing in the room. It is a good sign! It is a human icon by full measures to preserve ASL!
The big question, how come Gallaudet University did not choose to host a huge festival and honor ASL 50 years ago? Remember, the truth must be told that William Stokoe, Carl Croneberg and Dorothy Casterline were ridiculed badly by the administration and did not bother to give them full protection. Stokoe suffered the worst of all. The administration must be liable for community accountability that they are from an old school of thoughts, trained to view ASL as clients to justify their claims of misunderstanding and other things.
While the last stars faded, the reason Marvin Miller did this to uproot the awareness unfold in his mind. Step by step, like a chess game. ASL has been living a long life to look upon. No matter how splendid ASL at the apex of heroism, when the soul had fled it takes all education and soul-searching comes with it. ASL shows it plenty of vision remains of glory!
The festival that celebrates 50 years after the publication of ASL at Gallaudet shows that the last surviving administration issue would be their final order not to host the festival: Go back the way you came. It is too bad that the highest-ranking moneyman in the administration did not give full respect for ASL and the Deaf community. It is absolutely true that Gallaudet University, in 1980’s there was an assertion that ASL has NO PLACE in Deaf Education.
It is the history in the making to remember what Marvin Miller has done for Gallaudet community.
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