Roger Demosthenes O’Kelly, a graduate of the North Carolina School for the Colored Deaf and Blind, was the second deaf person to graduate from Yale University. His bachelor of laws degree was awarded in 1912.
As one of the first Black Deaf lawyers in the United States, he established his firm in Raleigh, North Carolina. O’Kelly’s Legal Bureau served many individuals but mainly dealt with corporations. Roger also worked as the editor of The Carolina Times.
A staunch supporter of the manual method of deaf education, he writes, “…no deaf-mute has accomplished by the oral system one half of what I have accomplished by pencil and pad.”