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Actress Kathryn Woods

Actress Kathryn Woods will use Sojourner Truth's words and spiritual music to recreate the famous abolitionist in “A Woman, Ain't I?” at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, in the Bacchus Theatre at the Perkins Student Center, Academy Street, on the University of Delaware's Newark campus. Portraying Truth at the end of her life, Woods will recall Truth's early days as a slave, detail her relationship with God and share poignant stories of Truth's days walking through the land.

Truth was sold into slavery in Hurley, N.Y. as Isabella Baumfree. In 1843, after 29 years as a slave, Truth renamed herself Sojourner Truth and escaped from slavery, joined other notable abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman and became a powerful speaker against slavery and for the rights of women. Near the end of the Civil War, Truth was appointed counselor for the Freedman's Relief Association, and the last years of her life were spent petitioning the U.S. Government to turn over western lands to exslaves.

Woods has acted in Boston for many years. She has performed with the Theatreworks, People's Theatre, the Wheelock Family Theatre and the Underground Railway Theatre. Woods also has performed in Moscow and at the Edinburgh Arts Festival.

This event is sponsored by UD's Office of Women's Affairs, Black American Studies program, the Center for Black Culture, Department of History, Women's Studies Program and the Visiting Women's Scholars Fund.

A reception will follow the event. For more information, call (302) 831-8063 or e-mail [arbrown@udel.edu].

Media contact: Martin Mbugua, (302) 831-8749, [mbugua@udel.edu]
February 26, 2007