One of the most famous 19th-century black American women, Sojourner Truth, was an uneducated former slave who actively participated in the abolitionist movement during the 1800s.
She became famous for her passion and conviction while giving her speeches. Her most famous speech “Aint I a Woman?” highlighted the inequities that melanated people faced in this country.
Her speech, which was given in 1851 at a women’s convention in Ohio, remains highly quoted by prominent women to this day.
She also became an outspoken supporter of women’s emancipation and lectured on women’s rights and black liberation.
Born Isabella Baumfree, she would change her name to Sojourner Truth after she became convinced that God called her to leave the city and go into the countryside and fight for the freedom of her people.
In 1826, Truth escaped the clutches of slavery with her Infant daughter Sophia, never to look back. During the civil war, she became so influential that she was able to convince black men to join the military.
Understanding the power of land ownership, she would also start a movement to force the U.S. government to issue land grants for all former slaves.
Sojourner Truth was living proof that having the ability to orate is one thing, but change only happens when you put action behind your words.