When Silence Isn't Golden

At all-deaf Gallaudet University, protesters say the new president isn't part of their cherished culture

In 1988 a student at Gallaudet University in Washington called that year's protests demanding a deaf president of the school the "Selma of the deaf." Founded in 1864, Gallaudet is the deaf world's premier institution, and yet it had never been led by a deaf person. The protests carried the same moral clarity as the legendary civil rights march, and they succeeded. The hearing president resigned, and I. King Jordan became Gallaudet's first deaf leader. But now Jordan is leaving, and the appointment of his replacement has ignited a new round of protests that lack all the moral clarity of 1988. That's...

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