Gallaudet’s famous Deaf President Now student
protest was not the first deaf Mass Demonstration.

Possibly the very first Deaf Mass Demonstration
took place on August 16, 1973 in Baton
Rouge, Louisiana.

Over 300 deaf people massed in front of the
building of Department of Education to
protest the appointment of a musician,
with no background in education of the
deaf, as the new superintendent of
Louisiana School for the Deaf.

This protest did not sway the Department
of Education and the new superintendent
kept his job.