Black Deaf History
February 14 ❤️
Nakia Smith is the Black Deaf young TikTok influencer. She posted popular TikTok videos to celebrate the history of Black ASL (BASL) and delight in its divergences from mainstream American Sign Language (ASL). Nakia comes from the 6th generation Black Deaf family. Her existing Black Deaf grandparents were placed in a segregated Deaf school in Texas. They preserve their Black ASL for stewardship purposes.
Watch Nakia signs in comparison of BASL and ASL video: