Sojourner Truth - She Persisted and Preached the Truth to All Men and Women
It is International Women’s Day! It is a day to celebrate women, globally. We recognize the continued struggle that women face for justice, freedom and equality, we support women who are leading the way to make the world a better place for our young girls, and we acknowledge our pioneers. Often the struggles and efforts of women of color are overlooked in the movement, so today, I am shining the spotlight on Sojourner Truth who made the most powerful speech that I have heard in support of equality for women. The speech was made at the Women’s Rights Convention in Ohio in 1852.
To know the history of Sojourner Truth is to know the history of the struggles of women, in particular, women of color. Sojourner Truth (born Isabella Baumfree) was born in 1797 and is known as an abolitionist and women's rights activist. She renamed herself "Sojourner," because she heard this name whispered to her from God. She made her last name "Truth" to signify that she should preach nothing but truth to all men and women. She spent her life spreading her powerful truth and persisted even when many doors were closed to her. During the Civil War, she helped recruit black troops for the Union Army and tried to secure federal land grants for former slaves. She spent the mid 1800s traveling the country championing the rights of former slaves and demonstrating the power of the voice of a woman and the strength of a woman. She met with Presidents and leaders who she believed could support her human rights causes. In 1872, she attempted to vote in the presidential election, but was turned away at the Battle Creek polling place. Yet, Sojourner Truth persisted and we must continue to persist. The fight for women is the fight for our humanity. Read more about her life story at sojourner.com. I am forever moved by her epic speech, Ain’t I a Woman.
She Persisted and Preached the Truth to All Men and Women
Story credit to sojourner.com for details of her life story, photo from the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Poem Copyright © Sojourner Truth, 1852 & Erlene Stetson. Her speech was given at the Women's rights Convention in Akron Ohio.