That They May Hear
About the Book
“That They May Hear” is a comprehensive recording of the establishment of the National Alliance of Black Interpreters-New York City Chapter. The author in cooperation with chapter Presidents and members reviewed resources, pictures and documents to provide a chronological story of the establishment of the New York City Chapter. The author reflects on those who gave their time, skills and resources to motivate and encourage African American Sign Language students and interpreters as they uplifted an African American Deaf and hard of hearing community and educated a hearing population. It is a reflection of deep admiration for the New York City Chapter’s first Presidents who had entered into a profession that was not always thoughtful or kind. In spite of the many challenges they faced, they made a commitment as the leader of NAOBI=NYC chapter to share their skills and resources to guide their membership in developing a strong foundation that could support and encourage Black Interpreters. The book is written from the perspective of the author. It is a must-read narrative of an African American Interpreter’s never-ending journey down the path as a student, an Interpreter and an advocate.
About the Author
Christine Dudley-Daniels, a Graduate of Columbia University’s School of Social Work, is a retired Social Work Administrator who entered the interpreting/deaf and hard of hearing community while studying American Sign Language at the New York Society for the Deaf Sign Language Academy. Chris is a member of the National Alliance of Black Interpreters- NYC Chapter serving on the Executive Board in various capacities during the establishment of the chapter’s foundation while preserving the archived records of its beginning years. She also served on the Executive Board of the National Alliance of Black Interpreters, Inc as national Parliamentarian. She is an Associate member of Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. where she served on their national Bylaws Committee, and an affiliate of NYC Metro Chapter of Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and NYC Black Deaf Advocates. As a Life member of National Action Network, Inc. and cabinet member of the New York City Chapter, she established and serves as President of the Interpreter/Advocates Committee and Co-Founder and Advisor to the House of Justice Deaf Club. She is the Director of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ’s Deaf Ministry and Adjunct Professor with the City University of New York. Chris is the recipient of numerous awards for community service within the Deaf and hard of hearing community including the “Key to Harlem”. This is Chris’ third published work having written “Testimony of Faith” published in 2001, and as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Tau Omega Chapter, she co-authored “The Legacy of the Pacesetters of Tau Omega Chapter: A History of Timeless Service to the Harlem Community and Beyond” published in 2014. Chris is wife, mother and grandmother residing in Harlem with her husband Jack.