The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL

Its History and Structure

by Carolyn McCaskillCeil LucasRobert Bayleyand Joseph Hill
Contributors: Roxanne DummettPamela Baldwinand Randall Hogue

Black ASL has long been recognized as a distinct variety of American Sign Language based on abundant anecdotal evidence. The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL, originally published in 2011, presents the first sociohistorical and linguistic study of this language variety. Based on the findings of the Black ASL Project, which undertook this unprecedented research, Hidden Treasure documents the stories and language of the African American Deaf community. This volume is a groundbreaking scholarly contribution and a powerful affirmation for Black Deaf people.

[If you scroll down this page, you will find online supplemental video content that includes interviews with Black ASL users and companion videos for the chapters (formerly on DVD).]


  • publisher
    Gallaudet University Press
  • publisher place
    Washington, DC