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Annual Celebration May 24, 2 p.m. at statue park

Scholarship award recipients and more.  Our program in 2015  featured  speaker Dr. Jacquelyn Smith-Crooks, and singer Gloria DeLayne Matlock.

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Join Us in Thanking Our Community Supporters!

The Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee is happy to announce the launch of the Community Support page to recognize the generous financial support of the following businesses and organizations: Florence Bank River Valley Market Baystate Health Daily Hampshire Gazette Wohl Family Dentistry Joe’s Café Abba Motors We would like to thank these Community Supporters who play a valuable role in helping …

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New Statue of Sojourner Unveiled at Marshall College

A life-size bronze sculpture of Sojourner Truth was recently unveiled at Marshall College at UC San Diego. Created by artist Manuelita Brown, the sculpture depicts Truth in motion, with a small carpet bag in one hand and a Bible in the other. The statue is accompanied by a plaque with a quote from Truth that says: “I feel safe in …

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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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