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Local InterestTruth Week 2018 – November 25-December 1BY BETTY MOOREHEADThe public is invited to attend the inaugural “Truth Week” of activities to commemorate Sojourner Truth Holiday, “Empowering Generations.” The week of events will include and cover a wide and diverse scope of blossoming/ budding leaders and change makers/ agents that are passionate and hopeful about the past, present and future. All events are free and open to the public.Annual Sojourner Truth Day Celebration of TruthSunday November 25, 4-6pm• Sojourner Truth descendant andaccomplished vocalist Martila Sanders• Sojourner Truth Choir and Lakeview Sigma Theta Step Team• Presentation Dr. Velma Laws Clay Vanguard Award to Lynn Ward Gray• Afterglow hosted by Negro Business & Professional Women, Inc.Location: First United Methodist Church, 111 E. Michigan Avenue.Free Will Offering will be taken. Sojourner Truth DayMonday, November 26The Sojourner Truth Institute of Battle Creek will honor this day with book donations to area elementary schools, alunch and learn event focused on female empowerment and a special evening presentation.The Intersection of Race & Gender: Leading with Solidarity.Monday, November 26, 12-1:30pmIt is an intimate dialogue with women of color about life and leadership at the intersection of race and gender, presented by Demarra Gardner, Principal & Lead Consultant of Change Agent Consulting. The location is Kellogg Community Kellogg Room (lunch served). The event is free, with limited seating and registration is required.“Sojourner Truth: Her Life, Her Legacy.”Monday, November 26, 6pmAn original Reader’s Theater production, entitled, “The Legend of “Sojourner Truth” by Washington Productions, Inc, featuring Dr. Von Washington. The location is the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Lower Level at 1 East Michigan Avenue.“Real Talk – Sojourner Truthin the 21st Century.”Monday, November 26, 7pmA 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 authorand lecturer, and the importance of telling her story in educational systems and film. Panelists:• Dr. Von Washington – award-winningwriter, 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 Generations Sojourner Truth Descendants Burl McLiechey and Thomas McLiechey.“Black & White Feminists:A Path to Sisterhood”Thursday, November 29, 6-8pm Workshop & Dialogue Session presented by The Truth & Titus Collective, an interracial/intercultural dialogue on the history of black and white feminism, the impact of feminism history across race and forging a path to sisterhood solidarity today. Location: Art Center of Battle Creek, 265 E. Emmett Street. Seating is limited.TRUTH... ExpressedThrough the ArtsFriday, November 30, 6:30pmAn evening of artistic expression - through word, music, and art, presented in partnership with Rise & Shine LLC. Location: New Harvest Christian Center at 155 W. Van Buren Street in Battle Creek. Free and open to the public.YOUTH for TRUTH! Symposium Saturday, December 1, 1-5pmAn interactive, youth-led symposium – inspired by Sojourner Truth – that explores race, class and gender in the 21st century from the youth perspective. Location: Battle Creek Area Math & Science Center, 171 West Michigan Avenue (Meal /Snacks). Free and open to Youth Ages 14-20 years. Registration required.For additional information and to register for workshops, visit WARD GRAY

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