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Fletcher Word spoke at the Toledo Rotary Club.  Mr. Word is the co-owner and publisher of The Sojourner’s Truth, a weekly newspaper that serves the northwest Ohio area and brings its readers information about the local, state and national African-American community.  The Truth has been publishing in Toledo for almost seven years and has expanded its readership during that time to a readership of over 65,000.  In 2008 the newspaper opened The Truth Art Gallery in its offices in the downtown area. The 2,000 square-foot gallery features the works of local artists.

Mr. Word is a native of New York City and was reared in the Washington, D.C. area. He attended Harvard College graduating with a degree in government.  The father of two college students, Fletcher Word has been a resident of Ohio for more than 20 years.  He serves on the executive committees of the Northwest Ohio Black Media Association, The Toledo Press Club, The Greater Toledo Urban League, Center of Hope Family Services and is a board member of the Toledo Museum of Art Cultural Diversity Committee.  In addition to his duties with The Truth, Word is also a frequent contributor on local television shows as a political analyst.

The presentation was held at the Park Inn.