Sojourner Truth was a remarkable woman indeed. She was born into slavery as Isabella Baumfree in 1797, but escaped into freedom at age 29.
An African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist, Truth eventually changed her name to Sojourner Truth and told her friends, "The Spirit calls me, and I must go." She became a Methodist, and began traveling and preaching about the abolition of slavery. Her best-known extemporaneous speech on racial inequalities, Ain't I a Woman?, was delivered in 1851 at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio.
Not only was she a woman, but also African-American and what she did was quite unheard of at that time, courageous and truly inspirational. She was one of the greats of her time and Truth spoke about abolition, women's rights, prison reform, and preached to the Michigan Legislature against capital punishment. Not everyone welcomed her preaching and lectures, but she had many friends and staunch support among many influential people at the time, including Amy Post, Parker Pillsbury, Frances Gage, Wendell Phillips, William Lloyd Garrison, Laura Smith Haviland, Lucretia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony.
Beautiful Words, Beautiful Art's piece of art is from Sojourner truth's biography 'Narrative
of Sojourner Truth a Northern Slave Emancipated from Bodily Servitude
by the State of New York, in 1828.'
% April 01, 2012 by Johanna D