Hello, My name is Sharon White. My sign name is ... First of all, I would like to Thank DWC for choosing me as one of the "Overlooked Gems" this month. I was born and raised in Aurora, Illinois. near Chicago (Northwest Suburbs of Chicago). I am from a genetic deaf family tree. Growing up, oppressed, discriminated or not provided (given) services because I was deaf it was difficult. Anyway, growing up with a family of deaf, hard of hearing or oral speaking no signs we still faced barriers everyday. Also, because being black and deaf - things was not easy growing up. I have 3 children, decided to move to Kentucky from Aurora, IL. In Kentucky I began working for the Kentucky State Government and Vocational Rehab. Also working for Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, we also did DeaFestival. DeaFestival is where we bring in others with different skills, talents, performers, artists and variety of others to be recognized by the community for the work. Also, during my time working in Kentucky, I realized they did not have a Kentucky Black Deaf Advocates chapter. So I worked to help set up KYBDA in 2005. When my work was finished in Kentucky I moved to Alabama where there was some situations with oppression, discrimination is still happening in the south. So now, I'm here in Alabama now. In Alabama, I hope to help remove barriers, and oppression. Working on projects coming up soon in the near future. Regardless, throughout my life, my journey I'm always an Activist and will always represent my black deaf community as a Leader. Thank you DWC for choosing me for Overlooked Gem. Thank you! I Love You (Hand sign).