February 11, 2019 09:51 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Throughout Black History Month, News10NBC is focusing on the role of African Americans have played in Rochester's roots.
Shirley Jeanne Allen wanted to be a musician until she went deaf at age 20.
Refusing to give up, she performed her recital anyway and then embraced the deaf African-American community.
She attended the University of Rochester, becoming the first deaf black woman in the world to earn a doctoral degree.
She would later return to Rochester to teach at RIT from 1973 until 2001.
Updated: February 11, 2019 09:51 AM
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