French journalist, writer and filmmaker, Rokhaya Diallo, delivers 2024 Sojourner Truth lecture

French journalist, writer and filmmaker, Rokhaya Diallo, delivers 2024 Sojourner Truth lecture

The Sojourner Truth Lecture is a collaborative annual event jointly sponsored by Women and Gender Studies and the African and African American Studies programs at George Mason University. The 2024 Sojourner Truth Lecture speaker and award recipient was Rokhaya Diallo, an award-winning French  journalist, writer, and filmmaker. Diallo is widely known for her work on race and gender equality. Born and raised in France, Diallo explores issues of racialized and gendered identity through her own experiences, as well as through those of other women of color in her work. At this year’s hybrid event hosted in Merten Hall, Diallo joined her in-person audience from Paris.  In her talk, during which she shared clips of her documentaries, Diallo spoke about the different forms of racism against black women in France and in the United States. After the lecture, Diallo engaged in a lively conversation with students, staff and faculty present at the event.  Guests at this year’s event included students and staff from Henrico High School in Richmond, VA.

Each year, a faculty member is honored with the Sojourner Truth award. The award is given to any George Mason University instructional (adjunct, term, or tenure line) faculty member whose scholarship, teaching, and activism are at the intersections of race and gender. This year’s awardee was Dr.  Stephanie Rambo, Assistant Professor, English, whose research focuses on literary Black girlhood across the diaspora.