Maxine Childress Brown book signing at Wallace Center

She’ll talk about her book that chronicles her growing up hearing with deaf parents




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Maxine Childress Brown

Former Rochester Councilwoman and assistant professor Maxine Childress Brown, who grew up with deaf parents, will talk about her new book, On the Beat of Truth: A Hearing Daughter’s Stories of Her Black Deaf Parents, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Wallace Center, outside room 1540.

The oldest of three daughters, she marveled how her parents were able to raise a well-respected family in the midst of segregation and while being deaf. Her father worked as a shoe repairman for $65 a week for more than 15 years. Her mother, a gifted seamstress, gave up sewing to clean houses.

She will also sell and sign books after her talk.

The event, sponsored by the department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education (ASLIE) and the RIT ASL & Deaf Studies Community Center, is free and open to the public.

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Maxine Childress Brown