Sound Your Truth: Courage, 2023

Friday October 13, 2023 on the Sojourner Truth Courtyard

This year’s event was centered on the following questions:

What is courage?
How might we live courageously every day? 
How might we connect with our inner strength? 
What does it take to listen to others’ truths?
What does it take to speak your truth?  

Our 2023 MCs were Omar Graves, Cara Breitenbach, and Kimesha Staton. The student organizing team also included Wren Kinglsey, Kaylah Phillips, Wesley Jean – Pierre, and Carolyn Weinstein.

Students from Anthony Dandridge’s Rap and Spoken Word and Intro to Hip Hop performed their truths:

Digital Media Student YuJoung Jeong created this short recap reel:

Emily Emily Puthoff’s Sculpture Situations class created engagement platforms, and two Basic and Intro to Sculpture class students wore Sound Your Truth sculptures they created. Emilie Houssart’s Design: Form students wove a collaborative engagement sculpture from vines:

This highlights reel and event documentation was produced by Andrea Frank’s Image in Context students, and Digital Media Students did further event documentation (to be shared hopefully soon):

Sonic art was produced by Michael Asbill’s Sonic Measures students, and also broadcast on campus radio:

The drumming circle was a contribution by Music Therapy students:

Jill Parisi-Phillips Contemporary Ideas in Printmaking class collaborated with some of the students in Anthony Dandridge’s Rap and Spoken Word course to create printing matrices based on excerpts of text from the student authors and did live printing:

The event was co-hosted by many campus and regional organizations:

Black Student Union
Student Association and Senate
Black Lives Matter @ School Collective
Future Teachers of ColorOasis Haven
Educational Opportunity Program
Scholars Mentorship Program
Center for Student Engagement
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
Department of Black Studies
Faculty Develop
Sojourner Truth Library
A. J. Williams-Myers African Roots Center
Margaret Wade-Lewis Black History Cultural Center