Sojourner Truth


Tribune News Service

TRAILBLAZER. Truth is regarded as a trailblazer for her early involvement with both abolitionist and women’s rights movements. Although she did not live to see many of the results of her efforts, she did impact the nation immensely. Truth helped contribute to the abolition of slavery, increased racial equality, and the ability of women to vote, while she only lived to see abolition.

Sojourner Truth was an abolitionist and women’s rights activist. She had a famous speech “Ain’t I a Women?” that she delivered at a women’s convention in Ohio 1851.
Truth was born into slavery, but escaped with her daughter in 1826. Since then, she fought for the abolitionist cause and helped recruit black forces to join the Union during the civil war. She also collected food and clothing for black regiments.
Truth was somewhat radical (even in abolitionist spheres) in that she expressed her disappointment in abolitionist organizations who did not advocate for the equality of black women and men. She met with several well-known abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison.
Truth was an impassioned speaker and strong women’s rights advocate. She was known for being eloquent and using powerful language in her speeches.