Catch ‘Signing Black in America’ at Planet Word in D.C.

Need a reason to get out and about in Washington, D.C. in April? We’ve got one for you!

On April 15th, come view SIGNING BLACK in AMERICA with a live audience at Washington, D.C.’s Planet Word – the museum where language comes to life.

See the description below for show times and registration instructions.

Two SIGNING BLACK in AMERICA interviewees


In celebration of National ASL Day, Planet Word welcomes visitors to watch free all-day screenings of SIGNING BLACK in AMERICA. Learn about this enlightening story centering on the unique dialect of American Sign Language, known as Black ASL, born out of historically segregated African American Deaf communities.

SIGNING BLACK in AMERICA is the second installment of the Emmy Award winning TALKING BLACK IN AMERICA series, consisting of five interconnected documentaries on African American language and culture and their influential impact on the world.

Distinct uses of space, hand and directional movement, and unique facial expressions are ways that Black ASL distinguishes itself as a vibrant dialect of American Sign Language. SIGNING BLACK in AMERICA is sure to inspire as the empowering narratives demonstrate how the African American Deaf community is embracing their linguistic distinction as a vital representation of solidarity and identity. Drop by for a viewing and take in the history and evolution of this one-of-a-kind facet of visual communication. 

Documentary Runtime: 27 minutes

Showtimes: 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm

Museum registration required. Self-seating is first come first serve.

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