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DEAF PRESIDENT NOW
Transcript of DEAF PRESIDENT NOW
The protest continued on, but the gates were open to let people enter the campus.
The students stayed at the university and continued to block the gates.
Why It All Started
The Board of Trustees reported to the students that the president would be hearing, which angered the sudents.
The protest finally ended with Elizabeth Zinzer resigning and Irving King Jordon as the first deaf president.
Zinser resigned later that night, but the rest of the demands weren't fulfilled, so the students were still unsatisfied.
Early morning, Deaf students barricaded the way to the campus with their cars and padlocked the gates.
There were 2 deaf candidates and 1 hearing candidate for the post as President of Galladaut Unversity.
The students marched down to Mayflower Hotel and demanded an answer from the board of Trustees.
Chaos broke out and much of the audience felt that one of the members of the Board of Trustees, Jane Spilman's attitude was dismissive and fueled the the spark to unleash the revolt to come.
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All the students and the Board of Trustees proceeded to go to the auditorium and discuss what was going to happen next, but the students left after it was made clear that no changes would be made.
They stated that they would not stop protesting until Elizabeth Zinzer resigns along with Jane Spilman, and a deaf President be chosen, until the percent of deaf members on the board is raised to 51%, and there would be no reprisals against the protesters.
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"The History Behind DPN: What Happened..." - Gallaudet University. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Jan. 2014.
"The Week of DPN..." - Gallaudet University. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Jan. 2014.
People began to boycott the classes and continued to destroy any representaions of Elizabeth Zinser and Spilman
Bridgetta Bourne, Jerry Covell, Greg Hlibok, and Tim Rarus were considered the leaders of the protest
While the students were protesting and giving speeches, the staff gathered together to discuss the actions they should take.
The huge revolt captured the attention of numerous television programs, newspapers and all media across the country.
Zinser and I. King Jordan went to a hotel to meet with the four students leading the uprising.
The students asked Zinser to resign but she refused to give up her post.
The faculty and the staff discussed whether or not they supported the protest or not. The majority voted in support of the protest.
The press interviewed deaf actress, Marlee Matlin on her opinion on the rebellion.
**March 12th was the day of rest**
The students assumed that Zinser and Spilman were going to attempt to get onto the campus, so they drove school buses in front of the gates and deflated the tires.
Many schools for the deaf arrived on buses and helped to support the protestors.
People gave money and supplies to the protestors, including a $5000 check.
"Gallaudet University Students Protest for a Deaf University President (Deaf President Now), 1988." Global Nonviolent Action Database. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Jan. 2014.
The students began wearing buttons with '3 ½" written on them, signifying the remaining requests that needed to be fulfilled.
Spring break was scheduled on this day (Friday), but many people stayed on campus for spring break until their demands were met.
Jordan supported the protestors instead of Zinser, so only the Board of Trustees were defending her.
At noon, 2,500 protestors joined each other in a march to the U.S. Capital Building.
Many people carried banners saying "We still have dream!"
Phil Bravin, who was also deaf,
took Jane Spilman's place on the Board of Trustees.
After Jordan was appointed as president, he is quoted as saying,
"Deaf people can do anything that hearing people can do, except hear."
No one would be penalized for supporting the protest, and the Board of Trustees would always try to have a majority of deaf people on the board.