It has been six years since the publication of Aiming High: Black Deaf Professionals with Doctorates. The book was inspired by a panel discussion that I hosted of nine of the 13 known deaf African Americans who held doctoral degrees during a Black History Month program in 2012. The panelist stories-nuanced and inspiring provided an intimate glimpse into the myriad of ways in which these individuals overcame obstacles to achieve their dreams.
A cursory review of the literature reveals scant data surrounding the factors that contribute to the underachievement of this population. The goal of the Black Deaf Ph.D. Project, LLC is to understand the experiences and challenges that Black deaf people still navigate, including systemic forms of oppressions (i.e., racism, audism, sexism, and classism) within higher education and how these oppressions influence their college choice, access, experiences and success. The timing of this second edition couldn't"t be more poignant.
In 1849, French writer and critic Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr coined the adage translated in English as "the more things change, the more they stay the same." As I began to compile and formulate ideas related to the second edition, the world was in crisis. From COVID-19 to the reckless murders of Black men and women at the hands of police to increasing income inequality, 2020 has truly illuminated not how far humanity has come but how much work is left to do to ensure a more just and inclusive world for all.
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