The Audacity to Respond to Audacity: Black consciousness and the sign language interpreter in 2020

  • $35.00

08 August 2020, 2p-5p Eastern

Two months prior to our national professional organizations’ birth, Malcolm X delivered a speech where he said “Speaking like this doesn’t mean that we’re anti-white, but it does mean we’re anti-exploitation, we’re anti-degradation, we’re anti-oppression.” While there were Black Deaf individuals and communities, Black Codas, and Black signers in 1964, they did not have a seat at the table with the formation of RID- largely due to the confluence of opportunity and white supremacy in society and government. Over the years, Black interpreters have increasingly amplified their voices and hands eliciting responses that range from allyship and accomplicing to minimization and mockery. While white supremacy is alive and well in society in 2020, Black interpreters increasingly assert their experiences as valid and impactful as they attempt to navigate systems that did not take their existence into consideration while being created. 

This event offers sign language interpreting practitioners, mentors, teachers, and students an opportunity to listen to a cadre of Black professionals as they share their experiences, perspectives, hopes, fears, and consciousness around issues of equity, inclusion, and justice in the field of sign language interpretation. While this small group will not be able to represent the vast diversity of Black thought, the panelists for this event gather together with a goal to speak truth to power in an effort to address exploitation, degradation, and oppression within the practice and profession.

This event will be conducted in sign language.

Who: sign language interpreting practitioners, mentors, educators, and students

What: a three hour discussion on Black consciousness in the profession 

When: 08 August 2020, 2p-5p Eastern

Where: Zoom (you'll receive a link by 07 August, 12p Eastern)

Why: to amplify marginalized voices and share counter-narratives  

To attend and participate in this event you will need

1) a computer that can be used to run Zoom ( and,

2) a Gmail account.

Sign Enhancers is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for .3 CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level in the area of Power, Privilege, and Oppression (PPO).


By the event’s conclusion, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize some ways in which white supremacy manifests in the sign language interpreting profession

  2. Explain some ways in which Black interpreters directly experience marginalization

  3. Identify some perspectives in Black consciousness used to understand and resist white supremacy

~No refund or transfer of participant entry is available. ~Target Audience: Interpreting practitioners, mentors, educators, and students

~Please submit reasonable accommodation requests here no later than 5p Pacific, 25 July 2020.

YourVolution and Sign Enhancers does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations, and furthermore promotes an environment based on mutual respect that is free from bias.