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Below are links to the text of letters of support received before and during the DPN protest. Although these letters have been re-typed for this website, every effort has been made to retain the exact wording and spelling of the originals.

Vice President George Bush proclaims his support for DPN

March 1, 1988 Mr. Philip Bravin Presidential Search Committee Gallaudet University 7th and Florida Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 Dear Mr. Bravin: It is my understanding that Gallaudet University is in the process of selecting a new President. I also understand that you have identified...

National Deaf Life Museum

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Senator Tom Harkin’s open letter to Gallaudet students, faculty, administrators and board of trustees

March 11, 1998 Subcommittee on the Handicapped 113 Hart Senate Office Bldg. AN OPEN LETTER TO STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF, ADMINISTRATORS, ALUMNI AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY Dear Folks: Congratulations. You have succeeded in educating the world about deafness, the concerns of deaf people,...

National Deaf Life Museum

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Senator Paul Simon writes to Greg Hlibok

March 10, 1998 Mr. Greg Hlibok President, Student Body Government Students for a Deaf President Now Alumni House Gallaudet University 800 Florida Ave., N.E. Washington, D.C. 20002 Dear Greg: I wanted to let you know that I support the students' efforts seeking the ouster of...

National Deaf Life Museum

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Letter from Senator Lowell Weicker

Subcommittee on the Handicapped 113 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 February 29, 1988 Mr. Philip Bravin, Chairman Presidential Search Committee Gallaudet University 7th and Florida Avenue, N.E. Washington, D.C. 20002 Dear Mr. Bravin, It has come to our attention that the Presidential Search...

National Deaf Life Museum

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Senator Bob Graham’s message to the board

February 25, 1988 Gallaudet University The Board of Trustees 7th & Florida Avenue NE Washington, D.C. 20002 Dear Members of the Board: It has come to my attention that the Board of Trustees will soon be selecting a new president for Gallaudet University. Assuming the...

National Deaf Life Museum

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Senator Bob Dole on why Gallaudet should have a Deaf president

February 18, 1988 Philip Brann, Chairman Presidential Search Committee Gallaudet University 7th and Florida Avenue, N.E. Washington, D.C. 20002 Dear Mr. Brann: It is my understanding that Gallaudet University is in the process of choosing a new President. I also understand that, after an arduous...

National Deaf Life Museum

Resource Type: History

Letter of support from the Rev. Jesse Jackson

March 9, 1988 TO THE STUDENTS OF GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY: I want to send you my warmest feelings of personal support in your effort to reshape your education and assert your vision. Gallaudet University is a proud symbol of the deaf community. Yet in its 124...

National Deaf Life Museum

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Letter from Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, advocating for a Deaf president

March 9, 1988 Board of Trustees Gallaudet University Washington, D.C. Dear Trustees: I urge you to reconsider the selection of a new president for Gallaudet University. While I hesitate to urge the Board to vote for one candidate over another, it is important to emphasize...

National Deaf Life Museum

Resource Type: History

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