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Monday, February 6, 2017

Super Bowl 2017 National Anthem and “America The Beautiful” in American Sign Language (ASL)

On behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), actor Kriston Lee Pumphrey will perform in American Sign Language both the National Anthem and “America The Beautiful”.

Kriston Lee Pumphrey, an anchor at sign language channel DPAN-TV, performed both the National Anthem and "America The Beautiful," at the Super Bowl LI (51), alongside country music superstar Luke Bryan Feb. 5 in Houston.

YouTube published by BennettASL | Feb. 5, 2017

"One of the reasons why DPAN-TV was established is because we feel deaf people should have access to information," In s statement  Pumphrey said. "People don't realize the deaf community misses out on a lot of things going on in the world and in the news. And, to be on a national stage, this is a huge deal for us".    

Kriston Lee Pumphrey is a performing artist who is working as a news anchor at the Deaf Professional Arts Network (DPAN-TV). Kriston Lee graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2009 with a degree in business and communication. Kriston Lee co-founded ColorFest, a Deaf LGBT leadership conference for college students that is hosted both at Gallaudet University and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Kriston Lee is involved in various community related advocacy work and currently serves on the board of a D.C. based nonprofit organization that strives to end sexual assault and domestic violence within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. (source: National Association of the Deaf (NAD) )

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