28 Days of Royalty: Sojourner Truth

Today we continue to recognize trailblazing African Americans. Let’s shine the spotlight on Sojourner Truth…

Sojourner Truth escaped slavery in the late 1820’s with her youngest daughter, leaving the rest of her children behind. Soon after her escape, Truth learned her 5 year-old son had been illegally shipped from New York to Alabama to a slave owner–after New York had abolished slavery in July of 1827. Sojourner fought in court for her son’s freedom and safe return to New York. And she won. This was the first time an African American woman successfully sued a white man in a United States court.

Sojourner Truth is even more well-known for her “Ain’t I a Woman” speech she gave at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in 1851. Check it out below, it’s powerful.

Sojourner Truth was a strong women’s rights and civil right activist and believed anything [a white man] could do [people of color, including women] could do just as well, if not better.

Sojourner Truth 1797 - November 26, 1883

Sojourner Truth
1797 – November 26, 1883

“If women want rights more than they got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about them.”

“I’m not going to die, I’m going home like a shooting star.”

– Sojourner Truth

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Work Cited

  • bio.com
  • image: success.com (via Google)

28 Days of Royalty: Harriet Tubman

Tired of the injustice. Spirit broken by the everyday occurrence of violence & abuse. Fatigued by the fight to keep her family together. Afraid that she would be sold after her former master’s death. It was time to go. To find a better life, North is where she’d flee.

Harriet Tubman was no stranger to hardship and struggle. But by 1849, she had had enough. After her husband refused to escape with her, Tubman set out to find freedom alone, around 90 miles north by way of the underground railroad. She succeed too. But she did not stop there. Tubman returned many times to the dangerous, dirty south with a mission to aid in the freedom of her family members and other slaves via the underground railroad. She became known as the “conductor” of the underground railroad, a complex, secret passageway of supportive households along the route to freedom, that would feed and house runaway slaves. Tubman is often referred to as the Moses of African-Americans,  our leader. In 1851, after the Fugitive Slave Law was passed–that required policemen of the north to help capture runaway slaves and send them back to their owners in the south–Tubman rerouted and helped slaves escape to Canada, where slavery was banned. Once the Civil War broke out, Tubman became a cook, nurse and a spy for the Union Army. Liberating more than 700 slaves in South Carolina, Tubman was the first woman to lead an “armed expedition.”

Harriet Tubman  1820 - March 10, 1913

Harriet Tubman
1820 – March 10, 1913

Watch this short, but influential 3 minute video below (courtesy of the History channel), on Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.

Harriet Tubman Short Video

“I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say; I never ran my train off the track and i never lost a passenger.”

“If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I could have freed thousands more.”

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

– Harriet Tubman

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Remember, “every great dream begins with a dreamer” and every success begins with someone who acted upon their dream…

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Work Cited:

  • biography.com
  • video: History Channel | Youtube

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