Sojourner Gets More Space

Image from the Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum website.
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Arguably one of the more pressing issues facing this country is a need for more-widespread understanding and appreciation of its rich diversity of peoples.

The Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum, at 2251 Florin Road, is ready to play a bigger role in that pursuit of enlightenment as on Saturday, March 20, it will unveil a newly expanded space. The free event runs from noon to 5 p.m.

“Our new museum space will take visitors on a journey through the richness and diversity of African American culture and the history of a people whose struggles, aspirations and achievements have shaped the nation,” the museum says in promoting Saturday’s open house. “We will showcase the stories of over 100 historical Black leaders and events.

“But most importantly, we are training community youth to be docents and share these stories. Freedom is attached to an identity of self. Therefore, we welcome all visitors who seek to understand, remember and celebrate this history to join us.”

Shonna McDaniels, an artist, teacher and community activist, founded the Sojourner Truth Art Museum in 1996 and remains its executive director today. (The museum has since been renamed.) Sojourner Truth (1997–1883), the museum’s website explains, was in New York-born a slave “but worked tirelessly for abolition, women’s rights, non-violence, and civil and economic advancement of oppressed people.”

Saturday’s event will include an African marketplace, live entertainment, speakers and art projects for children.