sojourner truth reenactor

Kathyrn Woods as Sojourner Truth.

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On Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2 pm, The American Association of University Women, Bennington Branch (AAUW) will host “A Woman, Ain’t I?”, a dramatic re-enactment of Sojourner Truth’s story in her own words, speeches, and songs. Originally scheduled as a live performance, this Vermont Humanities Council program has been changed to a virtual event.

When people think of the Women’s Rights Movement, they typically think of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Few remember that a black woman — Sojourner Truth — was an equal partner with Anthony and Stanton in the early stages of the suffrage movement. At the 1851 Women’s Rights Convention held in Akron, Ohio, she delivered what is now recognized as one of the most famous abolitionist and women’s rights speeches in American history, “Ain’t I a Woman?”

Sojourner Truth is honored in American history for innumerable speeches against slavery and for women’s rights; for her work on behalf of freed slaves after the Civil War; for her ability to keep audiences enthralled with her songs and speeches; and for the compelling “Narrative of Sojourner Truth.”

Born a slave in New Paltz, N.Y., Truth’s name at birth was Isabella Baumfree. When she walked away from slavery, she was convinced that God had called on her to spread the truth and so named herself Sojourner Truth.

In the presentation, Truth recalls her early life as a slave, details her relationship with God, and shares poignant stories of her days walking across the land.

The presenter, Kathryn Woods, a Massachusetts native, has acted on stage, screen, television, and radio and guides tours on the Freedom Trail in Boston.

This program is the final event of the series AAUW has sponsored about the suffrage movement over the past year. To register for the event, go to AAUW’s Website: https:// bennington-vt.aauw.net/.

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