Donna Brazile to Give Annual Sojourner Truth Lecture

Posted: March 6, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Donna Brazile
Donna Brazile

On Tuesday, March 21, Donna Brazile, the first African American to lead a major presidential campaign, will present the seventh annual Sojourner Truth Lecture. The event takes place at 3 p.m. in Harris Theater on the Fairfax Campus. Brazile’s lecture is titled “New Frontiers in American Politics: Women and Minorities.”

Most famous for directing Al Gore’s presidential bid in 2000, Brazile has worked on many other presidential campaigns for Democratic candidates, including Carter-Mondale in 1976 and 1980, and Rev. Jesse Jackson’s first historic bid for the presidency in 1984.

In addition, Brazile chairs the Voting Rights Institute, which promotes fair voting rights. She was also the founder and executive director of the National Political Congress of Black Women.

Active in scholarly pursuits, Brazile is a senior fellow in the Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland and an adjunct professor in the Women’s Studies Program at Georgetown University. She holds the Senator Winona Lipman Chair at Rutgers University’s Center for American Women in Politics. In 2005, she published her memoir, “Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in America.”

The event will be followed by a reception and book signing. Presented by the African American Studies and Women’s Studies programs, the Sojourner Truth Lecture features scholars from various disciplines who discuss issues regarding women of color. Past topics have included a visual study of the black female body and marriage amongst liberated African American immigrants in the 19th century Caribbean, among others.

The Sojourner Truth Lecture Series takes its name from Sojourner Truth, born Isabella Baumfree, who escaped from slavery and spent the remainder of her life supporting the abolitionist movement and promoting women’s suffrage. Probably best known for her “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech before the Akron, Ohio, Women’s Rights Convention in 1851, Truth insisted on simultaneously addressing both women’s and minority rights, as she believed the two directly depended upon one another.

The event is cosponsored by Office of Diversity Programs and Services, New Century College, School of Public Policy, the Departments of Public and International Affairs and Sociology and Anthropology; and the Office of the Provost. For more information, contact African American Studies at 703-993-4080 or

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