What happened: At President Joe Biden’s inauguration, firefighter Andrea M. Hall recited the Pledge of Allegiance using American Sign Language (ASL).
This may be the first time the pledge was recited simultaneously spoken and in ASL at a U.S. Inauguration. While it is unknown whether or not Hall is Deaf or hard-of-hearing herself, she has broken barriers.
According to a 19th Newsprofile, Hall became the first Black female firefighter at the City of Albany Fire Department in Georgia and has been the president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 3920. The Frontlines: Around1 million Deaf and hard of hearing people use American Sign Language as their main form of communication, according to Newsweek.Read more on themighty.com