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Dream Variations by Langston Hughes ASL Poetry | Jerald J Creer
Jerald J. Creer

Dream Variations by Langston Hughes ASL Poetry | Jerald J Creer

The theme of "Dream Variations" is racial pride and equality, which Hughes was known for. The poem expresses a feeling of freedom. The narrator describes a longing to feel completely free, to "fling their arms wide" and "to whirl and dance." Jerald J. Creer, Deaf Artist attempts Visual Vernacular as part of the ASL Poetry. Jerald is inspired by Langston Hughes' poem to relive the motivation of the poem. Jerald capture the point of continuing the dream of equality and freedom in disparity of the White Privilege in the USA and possibly other parts of the world. He uses the Dove and Raven (Crow) to replicate the classification of Whites and Blacks group. Across cultures, the Dove represents purity, gentleness, devotion, beauty, and faith. White Class is known to be in nicer neighborhood (homeowners), act as don't get involved in gang related community, and so forth. Many consider seeing a Raven- Crow in a dream as a bad omen. While it may be true that they represent foreshadowing of sadness or grief, seeing a crow in your dream can signify your thoughts and feelings about your life, transformation, and death. In other words across cultures, some view Blacks less of value, the complexity of Black Lives evolved with sadness, hardships, tramazations, disparity, often seen as not in a well rounded community. Needless to say, it is not the only black crow or white dove meaning. ... White dove known as Peace Dove represents hope and peace, and that has resonated well across the many of religions and cultures. The ravens' (crow) sign symbolizes wisdom, affection, healing powers, longevity and they are watchful creatures that have a sharp and powerful foresight. Jerald tries to combine the two birds and other diverse of birds has their own symbols in cultures and faith to which the diversity of the birds. On Contrary, birds have different species, but birds fly, birds reproduce the same way. However, as humans we breathe, walk, talk, eat, learn, and contribute the same way, but we are all different in culture and beliefs. Looking at the lighter side, I attempts to convey in American Sign Language (ASL), ASL Poetry and Visual Vernacular translate in perspectives how birds are the same and the Humans' Dream. As a Black Deaf Gay man, I am looking for freedom and equality. Even though, I am strong, educated, and have a good sense of confidence, I still look at the White Americans how they easily get back in American with loads of privileges of 'free passes'. As a Black Deaf Artist wants to continue to remind people with expressive art using medias, performance, and language to express this theme to see together that we are human as the same. We can work together, live together, and love together on every love of interests. I hope this piece inspires you and help you understand just a little more and also see what Deaf Artist can produce. I believe there is more or less artist within us. Please Do! LIKE | SHARE | COMMENT | SUBSCRIBE | FOLLOW YouTube:  Instagram:
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Dream the Impossible Dream
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Dream the Impossible Dream

Nathie's ASL Poetry with various footage of her signing the song. TRANSCRIPT/LYRICS: [In the beginning of the video, Nathie is preparing to sign the song. She sighs, pauses, and then starts signing in a grand opera-like eloquence. There are images of various landscapes, people sitting and "dreaming" among wildflowers, by sunset at lake, etc. There are footage of Nathie signing on stage in 1989? Other footage she is signing in her office 2011? and the remainder of the footage is a clear shot of her signing the song at GURC's Grand opening at Austin Community College last year.] Here are the lyrics: To dream the impossible dream To fight the unbeatable foe To bear with unbearable sorrow To run where the brave dare not go To right the unrightable wrong To love pure and chaste from afar To try when your arms are too weary To reach the unreachable star This is my quest To follow that star No matter how hopeless No matter how far To fight for the right Without question or pause To be willing to march into Hell For a heavenly cause And I know if I'll only be true To this glorious quest That my heart will lie peaceful and calm When I'm laid to my rest And the world will be better for this That one man, scorned and covered with scars Still strove with his last ounce of courage To reach the unreachable star [At the end, she is holding an imaginary star with a bright smile. Then the video freezes and text is displayed: In Loving Memory Dr. Nathie Marbury, teacher, storyteller, actor, mentor, daughter, sister, mother, friend, role model, and pioneer in field of: linguistics, asl, black deaf culture, storytelling, and many more... and the screen turns black and there are stars and text that comes up "She is the unreachable star".]

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