"It is up to us who walk in Sojourner Truth’s footsteps to carry on into the future and continue to build upon her legacy"
- Velma Laws Clay
Sojourner Truth was the most famous African American woman in 19 th century America.
Her story is one of courage and determination. For over forty years she traveled the
country fighting for human rights. A powerful figure in several national social
movements, Sojourner Truth advocated forcefully for the abolition of slavery, women’s
rights and suffrage, the rights of freedmen, and prison reform.
Inspired by Sojourner Truth’s legacy, Dr. Velma Laws Clay established the Sojourner
Truth Institute of Battle Creek in 1998 to expand the historical and biographical
knowledge of Sojourner Truth’s life work and carry on her mission by teaching,
demonstrating and promoting projects that accentuate the ideals and principles for
which she stood.
In 2020, the Institute was renamed the Sojourner Truth Center for Liberation and Justice.
This event is free. Click here to register.
Doors open at 4:00 pm. Program* begins at 4:30 pm
Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. Catered by Bougiee Eats.
About the Speaker
Dr. Emily Troshynski is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where she is the department undergraduate coordinator. Troshynski also has affiliated appointments with UNLV’s program on Gender and Sexuality Studies as well as UNLV’s new School of Medicine. Dr. Emily Troshynski received her Ph.D. in Criminology, Law, and Society from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) with a graduate feminist emphasis (GFE) from the Department of Women’s Studies (now, Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies). She also holds a M.Sc. in Sociology from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Learn more about Dr. Troshynski here.
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*Guest speaker will join us virtually
Questions? Please call the Sojourner Truth Center at
269.234.5323 and leave a message, or email us at TruthCenterBC@gmail.com