The Star Spangled Banner
This video is a version of "The Star Spangled Banner" sung by Aretha Franklin and signed by Rosa Lee. America’s national anthem was written by Francis Scott Key based a poem he wrote in in 1814. He wrote the poem after watching British ships bombard Fort McHenry in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland during the War of 1812. Francis Scott Key was inspired by the sight of a large U.S. flag flying over Fort McHenry at daybreak.
Part 1 - About the Star-Spangled BannerNote: We felt that the best way to present this history of the SSB would be to present a segment of the book with captions and audio then followed by Rosa Lee’s ASL of the segment without captions or audio.
Part 2 - About the Star-Spangled Banner
Note: We felt that the best way to present this history of the SSB would be to present a segment of the book with captions and audio then followed by Rosa Lee’s ASL of the segment without captions or audio.
About Rosa Lee
Rosa Lee is a performance artist known mostly for her YouTube ASL music videos, her work as a solo performer of The Rosa Lee Show, and as a lead actress in ASL Films’ feature film, Versa Effect.
Rosa Lee attended Indiana School for the Deaf and then went on to graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with a B.S. in Social Work. It was RIT where she discovered her love for acting. Rosa Lee founded and acted in an acting troupe named Dangerous Signs. Later on, Rosa Lee became recognized nation-wide for her ASL music videos featured on YouTube. Rosa Lee also worked as managing editor of the digital magazine, KISSFIST Magazine.
For 23 years now, Rosa Lee has been in several stage productions, performance troupes, television shows, and countless videos. Rosa Lee also travels all across the country giving workshops/instruction on the art of ASL music, storytelling, and rhythm. Currently, Rosa Lee can be seen performing her one-woman variety show, “The Rosa Lee Show” where she plays different characters sharing stories, poetry while celebrating the beauty of American Sign Language. Rosa Lee also worked as an ASL Translator and Performer for Deaf Film Camp at Camp Mark Seven, helping make music videos that have gone viral nationwide.
Rosa Lee just relocated to the Bay Area and continues to travel for her performances and during her spare time, she enjoys being a mother to her two children, Jace and Nuria.
This Signed Version of the Scholastic Book, The Star Spangled Banner, sung by Aretha Franklin - was made possible through a generous Grant from the Texas Society of Children of the American Revolution (TSCAR) through member pledges secured by Timothy Avedikian, President of TSCAR. TSCAR designated the Texas School for the Deaf as the organization’s philanthropic project for the 2017-2018 school year and created a "Language for All" Pin sold to members of the Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution for $10 each, raising $12,000 throughout the school year. The TSCAR grant to the Texas School for the Deaf Foundation are designated for the development of online ASL Storytelling for deaf youth across Texas produced by the Educational Resource Center on Deafness.