Call to the 28th National Black Deaf Advocates Conference
Ignite and Explore Beyond All Limits
August 1 – 6, 2017
Tim Albert, NBDA President
As President of the National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA), it is truly my pleasure to issue a Call to
the Conference. The 28th NBDA Conference will be held at the Renaissance Harborplace Baltimore
Hotel on August 1 – 6, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Renaissance Harborplace Baltimore
Hotel is surrounded by restaurants, shops and attractions in which include National Aquarium
and Camden Yards for the baseball game between Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals. It
will be the NBDA’s first time hosting the national conference in the world-famous Baltimore Inner
Harbor. The conference is chaired by Benro Ogunyipe.
NBDA holds biennial national conferences during odd numbered years. Conference-goers who
are likely to attend include high school and college students, sign language interpreters and ASL
students, children of deaf adults, administrators and professionals from education, VR, mental
health, advocacy, and others fields, as well as parents and siblings of deaf children, senior
citizens, and many others, all in the interest of taking advantage of opportunities for “promoting
the leadership development, economic and educational opportunities, social equality, and
safeguarding the general health and welfare of Black deaf and hard of hearing people.” National
programs that operate during the conference include Youth Empowerment Summit, Collegiate
Black Deaf Student Leadership Institute, the Senior Citizens Program, and the Miss Black Deaf
This exciting conference will include the following: opening reception and welcome ceremony,
plenary (keynote) sessions, panel discussions, workshops, exhibits, entertainment events,
National Aquarium, Camden Yards for the baseball game, Senior Citizens Luncheon, Youth
Luncheon, Miss Black Deaf America pageant competition, general membership meeting, election
of 2017 – 2019 NBDA Officers, and it will close with the conference banquet & awards.
More information about the conference including registration, hotel reservations, conference
schedule, and workshops, opportunities for exhibiting, advertising, or becoming a sponsor can be
found at: www.nbda.org/content/conference.
We hope you will join us for this historical conference!
Tim Albert, President