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‘A Woman Ain't I?' performance at APSU depicts early life of former slave

3/21/2006
Sojourner Truth was born into slavery in 1797 in Hurley, N.Y., but it wasn't until 1843 when she decided to walk the road toward freedom.

Sojourner's early days as a slave and her years of fighting the U.S. government to turn over western lands to ex-slaves will be told in a one-woman performance by Kathryn Woods.

Woods' performance, “A Woman Ain't I?” will be presented 6-9 p.m., Thursday, March 30 in Morgan University Center Ballroom at Austin Peay State University. The performance, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by APSU's African American Cultural Center.

In the performance, Woods uses Sojourner's own words and spiritual music to tell the ex-slave's story. Woods, an actress in Boston for 20 years, has traveled across the country to perform Sojourner's story.

For more information about “A Woman Ain't I?” contact the African American Cultural Center by telephone at (931) 221-7120. — Melony Leazer