Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Dr. Andrew Foster, "Father of the Deaf" in Africa (DH #7)

Barb DiGi covers the story about how Dr. Andrew Foster, a dynamic leader who was an African-American, made an invaluable contribution for the deaf community in Africa. Quicktime google video

Length: 11:42


Victor Vodounou, Assistant Profressor at Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas who presented at Gallaudet Deaf History Conference 2007

David Evans's blog

CMD website

AARegistry website

* Black and Deaf in America by Ernest Hairston and Linwood Smith

* Carroll, Cathryn and Mather, Susan M. Movers and Shakers: Deaf People Who Changed the World. California: Dawn Sign Press, 1997.

* Lang, Harry G. and Bonnie Meath-Lang. Deaf Persons in the Arts and Sciences. Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1995.

* Moore, Matthew S. and Robert F. Panara. Great Deaf Americans. New York: DeafLife Press, 1996.

* Van Cleve, John V. Gallaudet Encyclopedia. New York: McGraw Hill Book Co., Inc, 1987.


Jean Boutcher said...


I appreciate your sharing a basic biography of Dr. Andrew Foster because I knew absolutely nothing about his life except that he
"founded" schools in Africa. It is interesting to note that you said that Dr. Foster received an honourary doctorate degree.

Laurent Clerc had never received one. Two years ago I persuaded a BoT member and deaf leaders and the GUAA president and the GUAA director that Clerc should be conferred with a posthumously honourary doctorate degree. No answer from Gallaudet. We, deaf advocates, feel that it is never too late to confer one to Clerc. Clerc himself received honourary doctorate degrees from HEARING colleges -- zero from Gallaudet.

drmzz said...

Interesting. Yes, oralism is illogical and impractical. Manipulation of vocal tones in speech can indicate different meanings of a word and it's impossible for a deaf person to do that. Indeed, ASL is more cost efficient.

Hey, school's out. Do a personal life vlog ha.

Jean Boutcher said...

P.S. I have also seen so many mentions of Linwood Smith in various printed matters and heard
that he was a most well-liked and
admired fellow at Gallaudet. I do not know the cause of his early death. Would you care to tell a little biography about Linwood Smith? I always apprecaite your
scholastic vlog on deaf history.

Todd said...

Thanks to your zest for Deaf History, I now know a little bit about Dr. Andrew Foster. I'm thankful that he took the initiative and courage to go to Africa and blaze a trail there for Deaf Africans.

mochame said...

I am sure NBDA knew his collective history.
I didn't know that he been through Gallaudet before. What amazing he was to help Deaf in his Africa roots.

By the way, I am trying to get my vlog about my white-black families. I hope will be tonight or this week.

Anne Marie said...

Thanks Barb!!! My husband Uzi painted a portrait of him and we were not satisfied because we feel we do not know him enough to make a good portrait work he deserves. Great job!!

Second I am going to show your blogsite to teachers of deaf in mainstreaming programs this month when we have a two-day workshop. :^)

Susan said...

thank you for sharing about Andrew Foster... wow, he did a lot in Africa! and yes, beautiful part is that sign language is free - it's wonderful that he was able to contribute helping deaf people in Africa meet each other and use sign language. Yes, a bit like Clerc! :)

IamMine said...

Here's a comment my friend wanted to share, but she doesn't have an account with blogspot or google:

Linwood was a friend. Someone asked how Linwood Smith died. I cant recall the date. He was killed while crossing the street at nite.

~Sheryl Emery