Robert Shetterly's Americans Who Tell The Truth

portraits and narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness.

By combining art and other media, AWTT offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, our communities, and the Earth.


The Samantha Smith Challenge

Open to middle school and high school students, this year's theme is Show US Who You Are! View 2020-2021 Guidelines. 

Speaking Truth to Youth

We are excited to announce the launch of our short-video series Speaking Truth to Youth.

Support a doc on Rob Shetterly

Award-winning filmmaker, Richard Kane, is making a documentary about Robert Shetterly and Americans Who Tell the Truth. To learn more, go to:

Most Recent Portraits

Our full gallery now includes 250 portraits of American truth-tellers. You can browse the full gallery. Or just begin your exploration by linking to a few of the most recent additions to the series here. 

Also, check out our newest collection of videos: Speaking Truth to Youth.  Some of our inspiring living portrait subjects share their insights on activism.  


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  • Southern Cayuga Conversations: Truthful Americans still inspire students

    Auburn, NY

    This is a follow up to our May 21 story about the AWTT-inspired curriculum project at Southern Cayuga Central School in Auburn, NY. In this report, teacher Elaine Meyers relays comments from the students who are studying the twentyportraits from the series that arecurrently on displayat the school, along with other portraits, biographies and materials offered onthe AWTT website.

  • Rachel Carson for Kids

    The educational website SCARCE celebrates the memory of Rachel Carson on her birthday (born May 27, 1907) by sharing youth-friendly resources for kids, including books for various ages and a free streaming video about her life.