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.
“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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