Tribute to Sojourner Truth
The Sojourner Truth bust was unveiled in the Capitol Visitor Center Emancipation Hall. She is the first black woman to be honored with… read more
The Sojourner Truth bust was unveiled in the Capitol Visitor Center Emancipation Hall. She is the first black woman to be honored with a bust at the U.S. Capitol. Sojourner Truth was born into slavery in 1797. She escaped in 1827 and became a leader in promoting the abolition of slavery and women’s voting rights. Cicely Tyson re-enacted Sojourner Truth’s most famous speech, delivered to a women’s convention in 1851.
The prelude was sung by Lomax Spaulding, Dorinda Clarke Cole and Yolanda Adams. After the presenation of the colors, Yolanda Pelzer sang the national anthem. Students from the Ron Clark Academy also performed.
The program opened with a video clip of Nell Irvin Painter being interviewed on the “Writings of Sojourner Truth” program on April 30, 2001. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
People in this video
- Jackson Lee, Sheila U.S. Representative [D] Texas
- Lane, Artis Artist
- McConnell, Mitch Jr. U.S. Senator [R] Kentucky
- McKenzie, Vashti Murphy Bishop African Methodist Episcopal Church->13th Episcopal District
- Obama, Michelle First Lady United States
- Pelosi, Nancy U.S. Representative [D] California
- Reid, Harry U.S. Senator [D] Nevada
- Schwartzman, Amy Rabbi Temple Rodef Shalom (Falls Church, VA)
- Tyson, Cicely Actor
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