Freedom Club was established in 1988, by Yvonne Johnson and Toni Trice, to celebrate African American heritage and culture. A number of black administrators from Gallaudet University and NTID held a three day workshop on the special needs of deaf African American students, in a school which was predominately Caucasian.
The Freedom Club sponsored successful activities such as a rap party, a Janet Jackson dance and an annual Black Awareness Week to increase black pride and esteem on campus. The Freedom Club continues to sponsor a number of fun and educational activities to promote diversity and awareness on the ISD campus (1843-1994 Sesquicentennial: A commemorative yearbook, 1994.).