Sojourner Truth Institute of
Battle Creek

Sojourner Truth Institute

"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.


Today, the Institute leads intentional dialogue and educational opportunities rooted in

social justice, women’s rights and racial equality.

TRUTH Week 2018

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Sunday, November 25 2018

Annual Sojourner Truth Day Celebration

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

First United Methodist Church, 111 E. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek MI

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Sunday, November 25 2018

Annual Sojourner Truth Day Celebration

A rhythmic celebration of Truth, featuring performances by Sojourner Truth descendant & accomplished vocalist Martila Sanders, Sojourner Truth Choir, and Lakeview Sigma Theta Step Team, and a presentation of the Dr. Velma Laws Clay Vanguard Award to 2018 recipient Lynn Ward Gray.

Afterglow hosted by National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women’s Club – Battle Creek Chapter.


Free and Open to the Public

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

First United Methodist Church, 111 E. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek MI

Monday, November 26 2018

Sojourner Truth Day

All day

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Monday, November 26 2018

Sojourner Truth Day

November 26th is Sojourner Truth Day in the State of Michigan, as signed into legislature in 2005, Act 48 by former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm. The Sojourner Truth Institute of Battle Creek will honor this day with book donations to area schools, a lunch & learn event focused on female empowerment and a special evening presentation.

All day

Monday, November 26 2018

The Intersection of Race & Gender: Leading With Solidarity

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Kellogg Community College - Kellogg Room, 450 North Avenue Free; Limited Seating; Registration Required.

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Monday, November 26 2018

The Intersection of Race & Gender: Leading With Solidarity

An intimate dialogue with women of color about feminism intersectionality and leadership, presented by Demarra Gardner, founder & principle of Change Agent Consulting

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12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Kellogg Community College - Kellogg Room, 450 North Avenue Free; Limited Seating; Registration Required.

Monday, November 26 2018.

“Sojourner Truth: Her Life, Her Legacy”

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 1 East Michigan Avenue Battle Creek, MI Free and open to the public,

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Monday, November 26 2018.

“Sojourner Truth: Her Life, Her Legacy”

Featuring:

“The Legend of Sojourner Truth”

An original Reader’s Theater production by Washington Productions, Inc. featuring Dr. Von Washington

6:00 p.m.


“Real Talk – Sojourner Truth in the 21st Century”

A panel discussion on the continued relevance of Sojourner Truth's advocacy efforts for social justice, women's rights, racial equality and prison reform in today's context of social and political unrest, her pioneering role as an author and lecturer, and the importance of telling her story in educational systems and film.

7:00 PM


Panelists:

• Dr. Von Washington – award-winning writer, director and actor;

• Alisa Parker & Nicole Parker – founders of social innovation consulting firm ANP Creative Consulting; and creator of Innovators curriculum

• Lateef “Cal” Calloway – film director and producer of SoTru™, a feature bio-pic film on the life and times of Sojourner Truth (INVITED)

• 5th & 6th Generation Sojourner Truth Descendants Burl McLiechey and Thomas McLiechey

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 1 East Michigan Avenue Battle Creek, MI Free and open to the public,

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Sojourner Truth Institute of Battle Creek

111 East Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, Michigan 49014, United States

(269) 962-2181

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