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Georgia State: First Deaf, Black Student Chosen for Homecoming Court Makes History

Georgia State University student Mr. Demarco Pittman made history as the first deaf, black student selected for the University’s Royalty Homecoming Court.  He was chosen as the Royal Flame Royalty representative for the 2019-2020 school year.

Mr. Pittman was surprised and delighted about his win, and so were his fans. His Facebook video using American Sign Language (with an interpreter) to signal his love for the Georgia State has garnered more than 120,000 views.

The middle grades education major is using his win to encourage other people with disabilities.

“A disability? It doesn’t matter. You’re in charge of your future,” he told 11Alive News.

Mr. Pittman credits his mother and now-deceased grandfather, who was also deaf, as his biggest inspirations.

“I was just overwhelmed and inspired,” he said of his winning.

He also wants to use his newly appointed position to make changes on campus. He’s looking to improve disability services and dining options.

Mr. Pittman is the first in his family to go to college. The youngest of five siblings — two of his sisters are also deaf — he aspires to be a middle school science teacher, and one day become a principal.  He has run a personal training business for the past three years, helping other students stay in shape, and hopes to have a training day on campus in the future.

Read more about Mr. Demarco Pittman.

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