Robert Shetterly's Americans Who Tell The Truth

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

The Samantha Smith Challenge

The 2018/19 Samantha Smith Challenge, an initiative of AWTT and Maine Association for Middle Level Education (MAMLE) is open for registration! This year we ask you 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. Register by Feburary 15, 2019.

Learn more here.

Additional education projects: Check out our resources for educators to see AWTT's new, in-development project, engagEd. These lesson plans from AWTT Truth Tellers are designed to help your students engage the world and its challenges.

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. 


  • Mark Charles Delivers "We the People" Tedx Talk

    The son of an American woman of Dutch heritage and a Navajo man, Mark Charles offers a unique perspective on three of the most misinterpreted words in American History.

  • Announcing Documentary Film about AWTT

    Sedgwick, Maine

    Our Children’s Future: A Portrait of Robert Shetterly is a documentary film about this political artist and activist, who has created theportrait seriesAmericans Who Tell the Truth: Models of Courageous Citizenship. One of Shetterly’s greatest contributions is how he models what Americans can do now to effect change. He gives us the confidence to act.

  • Time to Register for the Samantha Smith Challenge

    Brooksville, Maine

    Just two weeks left to register for this year's Samantha Smith Challenge! The Samantha Smith Challenge is a dynamic educational program for Maine middle school students. Students will explore their identities in the classroom and the world as they become curious, courageous, and engaged citizens.

  • Van Jones, new CEO of REFORM Alliance, expands his criminal justice focus

    The REFORM Alliance aims to dramatically reduce the number of people living under unreasonable probation and parole sentences, and in turn, free people from the cycle of incarceration. Van Jones will serve as CEO.

  • Oxfam Report: 26 Billionaires Own The Same Wealth As The Poorest 3.8 Billion People

    Boston, MA

    The gap between rich and poor is fracturing society, poisoning politics and fueling public anger, according to a new report from anti-poverty nonprofit Oxfam, which found that last year just 26 people owned the same amount of wealth as the poorest 3.8 billion people. This figure is down from 43 the year before.