Review of Pin Points
Working with Pin Points over the last twenty years has been an extraordinary experience for me, my students, and the community. I am always promoting Pin Points to my friends and associates who, upon experiencing one of their programs or performances, immediately embrace them as educators, entertainers, workforce development professionals, and community activists. Probably my most rewarding interaction with Pin Points was when I decided to introduce them to my deaf college-aged students at Gallaudet. I wondered if communication would be an insurmountable barrier that would prevent my students from appreciating the message and the performance. Quite the contrary! Pin Points worked with young deaf men who were a part of Keeping the Promise, an organization dedicated to providing deaf Black males with the skills and support necessary to graduate from Gallaudet with a degree. Working in conjunction with a deaf theater company, Pin Points produced a performance that was accessible to both hearing and deaf individuals. Students in the program and others on campus were invited to audition for parts in the play, “One Thousand and One Black Inventions.” The deaf students had an opportunity to work with and learn from their hearing peers and professionals. The CEO of Pin Points also gave a presentation and talked about writing, careers in the theater, and the contributions of African Americans to the world we live in. Each student received a copy of the booklet One Thousand and One Black Inventions, authored by Pin Points founder Ersky Freeman. Students were in awe as they discovered the intellectual contributions of African Americans. What a memorable interactive lecture that was! Of course, one visit is never enough. Pin Points has performed for the deaf community at Gallaudet on numerous occasions and offered programs and performances that have constructed a strong bridge of mutual respect and understanding between the deaf and hearing communities.