KCC to present historical theatre “Legacy of Sojourner Truth” event Feb. 23

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Kellogg Community College will continue its month-long series of Black History Month events this week with a historical theatre re-enactment focused on Sojourner Truth.

The event, titled “The Legacy of Sojourner Truth,” will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in the auditorium of the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center, on campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek. The event is free and open to the public.

In this hour-long presentation, Truth will be portrayed by actress Dr. Daisy Century of the American Historical Theatre in Philadelphia. Century will bring Truth’s history alive by weaving elements from her life from beginning to end into the performance, educating and inspiring the audience while entertaining at the same time.

Truth, an abolitionist, author and civil and women’s rights activist, was born into slavery as Isabella Baumfree in 1797 and became an outspoken abolitionist after escaping to freedom in 1826. She died in Battle Creek in 1883.

Trained as a teacher but called to the performing arts, Century earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Claflin University, a master’s degree in science education from South Carolina State University and an Ed.D. from Temple University, also in science education.

A performer known for her thoroughly researched, dramatically intense portrayals of historical figures, Century has performed at numerous schools, libraries, museums and historic sites throughout the United States. In addition to her dramatic work, she is also an author and accomplished singer.

“The Legacy of Sojourner Truth” is presented by the Center for Diversity and Innovation at KCC and the KCC Black History Month Committee. For more information, contact Timeaka Reese, executive assistant at the KCC CDI, at reeset@kellogg.edu.

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