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.


Support the AWTT Video Project!

Award-winning filmmaker, Richard Kane, is making a documentary about Robert Shetterly and Americans Who Tell the Truth. Please support this outreach project, which will take the AWTT portraits to many more people around the country. Watch the trailer and other clipsThen, if you're inspired, please donate!

The Samantha Smith Challenge

The 2018/19 Samantha Smith Challenge, an initiative of AWTT and Maine Association for Middle Level Education (MAMLE), is underway! This year we have asked students to consider the impact of race, class, gender, and/or age on social justice and equity and to choose an issue that reflects this influence.

Additional education projects: Check out our resources for educators to see AWTT's new, in-development project, engagEd.

Most Recent Portraits

Our full gallery now includes over 235 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. 


  • Truth & Transparency: Climate Plenary and Networking Gala

    Brooklyn, N.Y.
    Hosted by Confluence Philanthropy

    1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Brooklin, NY March 6th, 6-10 p.m. This evening event caps off Confluence Philanthropy's 9th Annual Practitioner's Gathering in Brooklyn. AWTT's Robert Shetterly will be there to unveil his latest portrait: Rev. Lennox Yearwood. Co-host of the event, Yearwood isfounder of the Hip Hop Caucus and a dynamic social justice and climate change activist.

  • Bree Newsome and Maulian Dana: A Conversation

    Portland, Maine
    Hosted by Maine Center for Electronic Music

    New Location!Portland High School Auditorium March 29, 7 p.m. Get tickets Emlen Hall, Blue Hill, Maine March 30, 7 p.m. The Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait and educational project and MaineInitiatives areexcited to announce that we are bringing together Bree Newsome from North Carolina and Maulian Dana from the Penobscot Nation for a conversation about race, gender,

  • Full Array of AWTT Portraits on Display at Syracuse University

    Syracuse University
    Hosted by Tanner Lecture Series

    Lecture: November 29, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. EST | Setnor Auditorium, Crouse CollegeExhibition: November 26 through December 14 | Panasci Lounge, Schine Student CenterAs announced by Syracuse University Lecture Series:

  • AWTT Unveiling New Whistleblower Portraits at GAP40 Gala

    Washington, D.C.
    Hosted by Government Accountability Project

    Americans Who Tell the Truth is honored to join the Government Accountability Project in celebrating its 40 years of defending whistleblowers. GAP has helped AWTT identify many whistleblowers for portraits, and four new portraits will be unveiled at this event.

  • Americans Who Tell the Truth Through Law

    Louisville, KY
    Hosted by Brandeis School of Law

    Diversity ForumBrandeis School of LawUniversity of Louisville

  • Auburn Middle School Students Engage!

    Auburn, ME

    Check out these Sun Journal photos ofRobert Shetterly's recent visit to the Auburn Middle School, where students are making podcasts on issues they care about: homelessness, teen vaping, animals left out in the cold, factory farming and using a helmet while skiing.

  • Can We Divest from Weapons Dealers?

    Bainbridge Island, WA

    Kathy Kelly, co-cordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, tirelessly continues her call for divestment. Inthis opinion piece, published by the Bainbridge Island Review, Kelly reflects on gun violence on the streets of Chicago and the killing of innocent people around the world with weapons built by U.S. companies. "Consider this: The 2018 U.S. Census Report tallies U.S.

  • Majora Carter Slated as Keynote Speaker for Maine Land Conservation Conference

    Topsham, Maine

    Maine Coast Heritage Trust has announced that Keynote Speaker for this year's Land Conservation Conference will be Majora Carter. The advance billing for her address: Building Proud Communities When New York City wanted to bring 40% of its trash to her neighborhood in the South Bronx,Majora Carterpushed back.

  • Rev. Yearwood and the Hip Hop Caucus Not Missing a Beat

    Washington, D.C.

    Urban Faith magazine reports on Reverend Yearwood's recent testimony before the House Committee on Natural Resources. Yearwood: " Climate change is out lunch counter moment for the 21st century." UF's online article includes YouTube footage of the Reverend's House testimony, as well as a short interview with him about his spiritual roots and the future of the "Respect by Vote

  • Youth Plaintiffs File Urgent Motion to Stop the U.S. Government From Causing Irreparable Climate Harm

    San Francisco, CA

    Although the youth plaintiffs in federal court case Juliana v. U.S. lost a key procedural battle in late December, they are not slowing down.