The existence of a distinct Black Deaf culture has often gone unnoticed in the predominately white Deaf community. Ritchie Bryant, a native ASL user and interpreter, discusses the many artistic and linguistic contributions of Black Deaf people to the wider society.
Ritchie R. Bryant is a dynamic, native American Sign Language (ASL) user and a culturally Deaf Texan. He is currently working as ASL faculty at National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). For the past two years, he has been working as a freelance interpreter at Gallaudet University. Ritchie has been presenting ASL/Deaf-related workshops for the past twenty years. Trained as an ASL mentor and ASLPI/SLPI evaluator, he used to train Deaf people to become ASL mentors for signers in the Rochester community under the Community Interpreter Grant. Ritchie obtained a bachelor’s degree in ASL degree from Gallaudet University and a master’s degree in Deaf education from McDaniel College. He is also a certified Deaf interpreter who has been interpreting in the Deaf community since 2000. He currently serving on RID board as Deaf Member at Large since 2015 and provided a consultant to various organizations and agencies such as development of Deaf interpreter evaluation to remote ASL mentor program. His interests include developing African-American storytelling within the Deaf community, and video editing on his computer.