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By Sentinel News Service
Published September 26, 2012


Michael Kwame Agyin addresses the City Council through sign-language accepting the award from Council President Herb Wesson during the “Deaf Awareness Week” observance.

“Deaf Awareness Week” was commemorated in the City of Los Angeles last week by the Los Angeles City Council.  Members of the Council had an opportunity to recognize individuals in their districts who are making a difference in advocating for individuals who are deaf. 

Council President Herb Wesson recognized Michael Kwame Agyin, who resides in Council District 10, for his contributions to the deaf community. 

“Michael is a remarkable young man who had dedicated his life to helping others, especially those in need who are deaf or hearing impaired,” said Wesson.  “He is an impressive role-model, not just for the deaf community, but for everyone.” 

Mr. Agyin serves as the President of “Hear Zero,” an African American advocacy group in the Los Angeles area.  He is also works on issues impacting the deaf and hard of hearing in the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood and Community Services Department.  He created the “Disability Hire LA’s Youth” pilot program, which helps youth with disabilities obtain summer jobs while providing them with internships and leadership opportunities in Los Angeles.

He has been a Job Coach for the Marriott Foundation Bridges Program for youth with disabilities, and was the Outreach Coordinator for Los Angeles Councilmember Tony Cardenas’ “Deafestival,” a citywide event that aims to educate and provide guidance and mentorship for deaf children.

Born to West African immigrants and raised in Compton, Michael learned American Sign Language at the age of eighteen.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the California State University, Northridge.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to Michael and individuals who have set out to open up the world and create opportunities for those with disabilities,” said Wesson.  “They are our heroes,” 


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