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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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Valley Gives Fall Fund Raising Day

The Sojourner Truth Committee is pleased to announce their involvement with the Pioneer Valley’s one day of giving called Valley Gives  on December 12, 2013.  Mark your calendars for this special day when you can conveniently make a contribution to support our work. In the twenty years of the committee’s existence, we have sought to honor Sojourner Truth’s legacy through …

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Benefit Concert: The Nields and WOFA Dance Troupe

The Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue Committee and the David Ruggles Center for Early Florence History are hosting a benefit concert on Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. featuring the Nields, a popular local folk-rock sister duo. The concert will be held at First Churches in Northampton, at 129 Main Street. The Nields are a nationally acclaimed musical group featuring sisters …

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Annual Celebration May 26

The 2013 Annual Celebration of Sojourner’s spirit was a lively one.  Entertainment,  premier of a new book, scholarship winners and more.  

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Sojourner Truth and 19th century Florence

In Spring 2013 with generous grant support from Mass Foundation for Humanities the committee launched a new curriculum project to integrate Sojourner Truth’s history and 19th century Florence abolitionist history into local high school curriculum.  New Leadership Charter High School, Springfield MA., is the first school to use the new curriculum based on the interactive tour on our website in …

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Recognition for activism at Middle School

In 2013,  the committee  inaugurated a new award in its ongoing effort to promote social and racial justice.  An award will be made each year to one middle school student from JFK Middle School, Northampton recognizing their work for social justice, and racial and gender equality.   This award will help recognize activities that the committee has supported at local high …

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Sojourner Truth Play

As part of the Sojourner Truth Committee’s commitment to introducing Sojourner’s powerful story and vision into school curricula, the committee in 2009-10 collaborated with Enchanted Circle Theater to produce a play about Sojourner’s life. “Sojourner’s Truth: I Will Shake Every Place I Go To”, written by Enchanted Circle Theater, was a touring theatrical concert for youth and adult audiences. The …

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Truth Opera

Old Deerfield Productions produced a new folk opera based on Sojourner Truth’s life in Northampton at the Academy of Music Feb. 16-18, 2012 to sold out crowds. Encore Presentation:  Truth the Opera   will be presented for one night only Feb.  16, 2013 at the Academy of Music, Northampton.     For more information go to:

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