Clara Jean Mosley Hall's Extraordinary Book, "Paris in America: A Deaf Nanticoke Shoemaker and His Daughter" Intersects Deafness, Race, and Culture
"As deaf of deaf, with both black and Cherokee roots, I was fascinated with Paris in America. This book has educated me to the core." —CJ Jones, Actor, (Baby Driver, Avatar 2, Sign World TV)
By: Gallaudet University
Hall was abandoned by her Deaf African-American mother at a young age and forged a close bond with her father, James Paris Mosley, who communicated in American Sign Language. Although his family was American Indian, they—like many other Nanticoke Indians of that region—had assimilated over time into Dover's black community. Hall vividly recounts the social and cultural elements that shaped her, from Jim Crow to the forced integration of public schools, to JFK and Motown. As a Coda (child of deaf adults) in a time when no interpreting services were available, she was her father's means of communication with the hearing world. After turbulent teenage years, and with the encouragement of her future husband, she attended college and discovered that her skills as an ASL user were an asset in the education field. Hall is now a college professor, mentor, philanthropist, and advocate for Deaf students from diverse backgrounds. Her memoir is a celebration of family, faith, journey, and heritage.
Hall is an award-winning professor in the American Sign Language and Deaf Interpretive Services Program at Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, Ohio. She earned a bachelor's degree in business from Delaware State University (DE), a master's in deaf education from McDaniel College (MD), and a doctorate in education from Cleveland State University (OH). Contact publicist for speaking engagements.
Paris in America: A Deaf Nanticoke Shoemaker and His Daughter | Gallaudet University Press | $32.95 Print ISBN 978-1-944838-