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Valley Gives Day 2014

Thanks to the generous support of our community, the Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee had a successful Valley Gives 2014. We are pleased to report that we broke our 30-donor goal with 32 individual donors. Thank you to all those who were a part of this critical effort! Our Valley Gives donations will sustain our efforts to honor Truth’s legacy through …

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Committee Receives Mass Humanities Grant for Walking Tour Project

The Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee has received an Engaging New Audiences grant from Mass Humanities for a second year.  It  funds a project in partnership with Commonwealth Academy in Springfield, MA. which will bring 75 students and their teachers on a walking tour of the African American Heritage Trail in Florence, MA, sharing the history and legacy of abolitionism in …

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12th Annual Sojourner Truth Celebration

Thank you to all who attended Sunday’s 12th annual Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue Celebration! The event was a wonderful testament to Sojourner Truth’s legacy in Florence, with impressive scholars, thought-provoking speakers, and entertaining performers. To see more photos of the event, please visit our Facebook page.

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“Black in the Valley” Appearance

Several committee members appeared on last Monday’s “Black in the Valley” segment on the Bill Newman show. Committee chair Terry O’Toole and scholarship recipient Camila Carpio were guests on the show, which is hosted by Rev. Dr. Jacquelyn Smith-Crooks and committee member Professor Dr. Carlie Tartakov. Listen to the show podcast.

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Congratulations to Our 2014 Scholarship Recipients!

The 2014 Sojourner Truth Scholarships for Social Justice have been awarded to Camila Carpio and Angela Ononibaku, both of Amherst Regional High School. These two extraordinary young women are following in Sojourner Truth’s footsteps as the next generation of social justice activists. Camila, who will attend either Hampshire College or Temple University this fall, is a committed advocate for racial, …

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Catching Up with Past Scholarship Students

We recently caught up with three of our past scholarship recipients to find out how they have continued to work for social justice both in their local community and the world. You can read their stories below: Yamila Irizarry-Gerould (2006): After spending a year working for AmeriCorps, she studied Arabic at Tufts University, studied in Egypt, and now shares Middle …

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Investing in People

In 2008, the Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue Committee awarded Remy Fernandez-O’Brien with one of its social justice scholarships. He then went on to study political science at Brown University, and now serves his local community by working at a community center. Throughout these experiences, he has remained committed to effecting social change, which is one of the qualities that our …

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From Northampton to the Middle East

One of the first recipients of the Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue Committee social justice scholarships was Yamila Irizarry-Gerould, at the time a senior at Northampton High School. In the seven years since then, Yamila’s passion for social justice has taken her halfway across the world—to the Middle East. On the journey that brought her to the Middle East, Yamila spent …

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Health, Education, and Justice For All

As a high school student, Victoria Rapoport taught English to immigrants, promoted disability rights with Best Buddies, and advocated for human rights with her local Human Rights Commission. When she graduated from Amherst Regional High School in 2011, the Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue Committee awarded Victoria one of its social justice scholarships in recognition of her commitment to social justice and equality. …

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Valley Gives Day a Success!

During the Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue Committee’s first year taking part in Valley Gives Day, the Committee posted a strong showing, receiving $710 in gifts. Donations will fund the Committee’s social justice scholarship for high school seniors, as well as other educational initiatives in the Pioneer Valley. Valley Gives, which took place on December 12, 2013, is an annual fundraising …

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