From Pennsylvania to Trailblazing Agent for Change: How Dr. Nathie Marbury Influenced the Course of the American Sign Language/Deaf Studies Field

Ritchie Bryant, professor in the American Sign Language and Interpreting Training Program at Austin Community College

Ritchie R. Bryant is a dynamic American Sign Language (ASL) user and a culturally Deaf Texan. Currently working as a professor in the American Sign Language and Interpreter Training program at Austin Community College, Bryant 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 through a community interpreter grant.

Bryant received his bachelor's degree in ASL studies from Gallaudet University and master's degree in deaf education from McDaniel College. He is a certified deaf interpreter who has been interpreting in the deaf community since 2000. He provides consultation to various organizations and agencies and was involved with the creation of a deaf interpreter examination for an online ASL mentor program. Ritchie's interests include developing African-American storytelling within the deaf community and video editing on his computer.

Bryant's lecture tells the story of Dr. Nathie Marbury, a renowned teacher, storyteller, and passionate advocate of ASL. With her "pay it forward" philosophy, Marbury passionately provided resources to deaf children of color. She embraced the use of media as a tool for reaching people through storytelling and teaching, and her contribution to ASL curriculum has been widely used in classrooms across America.

This presentation will discuss and analyze Dr. Nathie Marbury's impact on ASL and the deaf studies field through her contributions to service and scholarship. This presentation will include a literature review of her ASL storytelling, curriculum work, and doctoral dissertation work. It will also include testimonials from her former colleagues about how her contributions have broadened their perspectives regarding the importance of including people of color in the media.