Ending the educational exile of Black deaf children from Washington, D.C.: <i>Miller v. Board of Education of the District of Columbia</i>
This study of the only successful pre-Brown v. Board of Education legal challenge to a segregated educational policy in the District of Columbia offers new scholarship on the national Black deaf community. My research focuses on a case that changed the way Black deaf children in the District were educated from 1905 to 1952.
Overshadowed by the more prominent Brown v. Board of Education case, Miller has been neglected by historians. The incorporation of my findings from the review of manuscript records, archival collections, historical scholarship and oral histories, provides a basis for understanding the need to research and document the history of neglected populations.
The dissertation provides new and in-depth scholarship on a case that was significant in ending discrimination against a marginalized segment of the African American community. This case, although representing a small segment of the African American community, was able to end a discriminatory educational policy against Black deaf children.
My research seeks to document and chronicle those contributions so they can be incorporated into the larger history of the African American community. This work fills a void on research on disability history in the African American community and provides opportunities for new interpretations.
0520: Education history
0337: American history
0529: Special education