Women in History: Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth was an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Born into slavery in New York, Truth escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. Two years later, she went to court to recover her son from slavery, becoming the first black woman to win such a case against a white man.

In 1843, she changed her name from Isabella Baumfree to Sojourner Truth and dedicated her life to the abolition of slavery and her faith as a Methodist. She is best known for her completely spur-of-the-moment but powerful speech “Ain’t I A Woman?”, which she gave at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in 1851 on racial inequalities.

Sojourner, thank you for your brave dedication to freedom and truth; we honor your profound contributions today. For more stories of inspiring women throughout history, click here.

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