From slave to traveling preacher to famous abolitionist, Sojourner Truth is one of the greatest activists in American history. Her upbringing and her call to be God’s messenger were the subjects of this week’s WorldView lecture.
The College welcomed Dr. Margaret Washington as she presented “Sojourner Truth: African-Dutch Mystic and American Ambiance” on Monday, October 15, as part of the annual WorldView series.
Washington, a historian and one of the foremost authorities on the black experience, is a professor at Cornell University and author of Sojourner Truth’s America.
Of interest to students and other attendees were Truth’s African and Dutch religious heritage and ultimate spiritual epiphany. Born into bondage among the Hudson Valley Dutch in Ulster County, New York, Isabella, as she was first named, experienced an encounter with God on Pentecost 1843 when she said the Lord told her to change her name to Sojourner Truth.
Students, faculty, and friends of the College enjoyed Washington’s insight into 19th century America and this charismatic historical figure and Christian.
Following the presentation, Washington signed copies of her book, which was available for purchase.
October 22—Dr. Richard Lapchick, address “The Power of Sports to Heal”
Director, Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport
Chair, DeVos Sports Business Management Graduate Program, University of Central Florida
October 29—Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, address “The Power of Partnerships”
Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education
All WorldView events are free and open to the public.