There are three candidates for president of Gallaudet University; Two deaf, one hearing. When Elizabeth Zinser, the only hearing candidate, was chosen, outrage in students and faculty of Gallaudet were enraged.
March 6, 1988
Students barricaded the gates of Gallaudet with cars and themselves. They also made their demands to Spilman: Zinser resigns, and a deaf president be elected, Spilman resigns from the board, 51% of the board be deaf, and that people participating in the protest not be punished.
March 7, 1988
For students emerged as the protest leaders; Bridgetta Bourne, Jerry Covell, Greg Hlibok, and Tim Rarus. Rallies and speeches continued throughout the day. The local media had started becoming more involved.
March 8, 1988
Zinser arrived in DC. She and Jordan met with the four leaders of the protest, who urged that she resign, yet she still refused. That night, Hlibok, Zinser, and Marlee Matlin were interviewed on ABC's Nightline.
March 9, 1988
Hlibok was asked about the events on Good Morning America, and the students drove buses onto the campus and slashed the tires to block the gates because they guessed that Spilman and Zinser would force their way in. Zinser announced her resignation.
March 10, 1988
Since Zinser resigned, the atmosphere was expectedly joyous. However, not all the demands were met, and the students wore pins that said, "3 and a half," reiterating that there were three and a half demands left to go. The students demanded that all their demands be met instead of leaving for Spring Break.
March 11, 1988
This was a day of rest, and there were activities on campus that students were participating in.
March 12, 1988
The Board of Trustees met to discuss what course of action they should take. In the evening, Phil Bravin and Spilman had a press conference announcing that Spilman had resigned, Bravin was the next chairman of the Board, There will be 51% of the Board who are deaf people, there will be no reprisals, and that Dr. I. King Jordan was the new president of Gallaudet.
March 13, 1988
DPN Timeline~Marika Campbell-Blue
a timeline of the week of the Deaf President Now Movement.