We R 1 Voice is a Youth Voice initiative brought to Carver by Mo Pleasure. We R 1 Voice joins leaders in the music industry with the power of social media to help youth leaders raise awareness and to compel action. We R 1 Voice is a platform designed to ignite young people’s creative confidence, their ability to harness creative skills to solve problems, and use advanced digital media tools and powerful storytelling techniques to amplify their voice.
Carver and the founders of We R 1 Voice receive much inspiration from Sojourner Truth. It is her example that gives credence to our vision statement: Speaking Truth Passionately. Truth was born into slavery about 1797 in Ulster County, New York. Known as Isabella, her parents were James and Betsey, the property of Colonel Johannes Hardenbergh. As a child she spoke only low Dutch and, like most slaves, never learned to read or write. Nevertheless, Truth became the most famous African-American woman in 19th century America. For over forty years she traveled the country as a forceful and passionate advocate for the dispossessed, using her quick wit and fearless tongue to fight for human rights. Almost six feet tall, Truth was a striking woman with a charismatic presence. When she addressed an audience, her low resonant voice, especially when raised in song, could still the most hostile crowd.