Sojourner Truth Lecture and Award Series Is Today

Posted: April 12, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

African American Studies introduces the Sojourner Truth Lecture and Award series on Wednesday, April 12. The inaugural program begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Paul Robeson Resource Room (Johnson Center, Room 240A). This new series features distinguished scholars from various disciplines who discuss pertinent issues regarding women of color in the United States, Caribbean and African countries, and throughout the diaspora.

Rosanne Adderley of Tulane University, currently a fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African American Studies at the University of Virginia, delivers the opening lecture, “African Women, African Wives: Marriage and Family among Liberated African Immigrants in the 19th-Century Caribbean.” The award will be given to a member of the George Mason community who has made significant contributions to the understanding of race and gender in the academy. A reception follows the program.

The Sojourner Truth Lecture and Award is named after Sojourner Truth (1797-1883)–slave, abolitionist, revivalist preacher, and women’s rights advocate. Well known for her “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech before the Akron, Ohio, Women’s Rights Convention in 1851, Truth refused to capitulate women’s rights for the sake of black rights and refused to deny the reality of gender in addressing the problem of race.

For more information on the program, call African American Studies at x34080.

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