Genesee Students Recite Sojourner Truth's 'Ain't I a Woman?' Speech Recognizing Women's History Month

What: Genesee Students Recite Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” Speech Recognizing Women’s History Month

When: Friday, March 5, 2010 - 12:20PM

Where: Genesee Community College- Room B254
One College Road
Batavia, NY 14020

Who: Students in Genesee’s Public Speaking Present Historic Speech to Genesee History class

Background:

In celebration of Women’s History Month, two Genesee students, Khilna Samat and Nana Geysis will recite interpretations of Sojourner Truth’s renowned, “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech on Friday, March 5 at 12:20PM. Khilna, from Tanzania, Africa and Nana from the Bronx, NY are students in Jackie DiBella’s Public Speaking classes. They will recite two versions of “Ain’t I a Woman?” to Charles Scrugg’s History 102: World Civilizations class. There are several different versions of Sojourner's words that have been recorded and Khilna and Nana will recite the two most popular versions including the interpretation by Frances Dana Gage, who was present when Sojourner gave her infamous speech.

Sojourner Truth was an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist, who was born into slavery and is best-known for her speech, “Ain't I a Woman?” that was delivered in 1851 at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio.

For further information please contact Jackie DiBella at 585-343-0055 x 6255 or at jedibella@genesee.edu .

 

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