Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Sojourner Truth. She was an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Eventually, future generations should really be thankful to her for her powerful advocacy.  She stood for justice and equality throughout her life. Sojourner Truth was born into slavery but did not want that to prolong. She escaped with her infant daughter in 1826. Sojourner Truth fought a legal battle to get her sons back and was the first black lady to win a case against White man.

Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth was born as Isabella (Belle) Baumfree in Ulster Country in the year 1797. She survived the horrors of slavery. She saw her kids be sold into servitude. But she was not afraid. She went on to fight for freedom and became a traveler, preacher, abolitionist and suffragist. Read more on the Google Doodle page.

Sojourner Truth – Early Life:

Sojourner Truth was born in a family where the number of kids was ten or twelve. Her parents were James and Elizabeth Baumfree. Colonel Hardenbergh bought from slave traders and kept their family at his estate in a big hilly area called by the name Rifton. Colonel Hardenbergh’s son also continued to enslave people. Charles Hardenbergh who was the son of  Colonel Hardenbergh died in the year 1806.

After this, Sojourner Truth was sold to many other owners. All harassed and ill-treated her but one. She went through harsh physical labor and violent punishments. Her fourth owner was kind to her. Yet, she remembers the horrors of his second wife. There is also another pain that she bore all through her life. She fell in love with another slave called Robert. But the master of Robert was against their relationship. The reason was that, if his slaves have children he cannot own their children. Thus, when he got to know about their relationship, he beat Robert black and blue. See also: Brenda Lee, who served a lot of Trans people.

Truth never saw him again in her entire life. Later she married another slave called Thomas. She had five children. The worst moment for a woman was to leave one of her children behind and escape to freedom. It is really haunting even to think of such a kind of situation. May not any other women get through these kinds of situations.

Sojourner Truth – Her famous words:

Ain’t I a Woman? This was a very phrase. In May of 1851, Truth delivered an improvised speech at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron that would come to be known as “Ain’t I a Woman?” The first version of the speech was published a month later by Marius Robinson, editor of Ohio newspaper The Anti-Slavery Bugle, who had attended the convention and recorded Truth’s words himself. It did not include the question “Ain’t I a woman?” even once.

Truth, when she moved to New York City in 1828, where she worked for a local minister. By the early 1830s, she participated in the religious revivals that were sweeping the state and became a charismatic speaker. In 1843, she declared that the Spirit called on her to preach the truth, renaming herself Sojourner Truth.

Sojourner Truth – Movements:

Northampton Camp Meeting, Abolitionist Convention, Mob Convention, American Equal Rights Association, Eighth Anniversary of Negro Freedom, Second Annual Convention of the American and Woman Suffrage Association were the important movements and revolutions of Sojourner Truth. On June 1, 1843, Isabella Baumfree changed her name to Sojourner Truth, devoting her life to Methodism and the abolition of slavery. In 1844, Truth joined the Northampton Association of Education and Industry in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Founded by abolitionists, the organization supported a broad reform agenda including women’s rights and pacifism. Members lived together on 500 acres as a self-sufficient community. Truth met a number of leading abolitionists at Northampton, including William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and David Ruggles. Although the Northampton community disbanded in 1846, Sojourner Truth’s career as an activist and reformer was just beginning. See also: More facts about Sojourner Truth. 

In 1850, Truth spoke at the first National Women’s Rights Convention in Worcester, Massachusetts. She soon began touring regularly with abolitionist George Thompson, speaking to large crowds on the subjects of slavery and human rights. As Truth’s reputation grew and the abolition movement gained importance, she drew increasingly larger and larger audiences. She was one of several escaped slaves, along with Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, to rise to great heights as an abolitionist leader and a leader to the humanity of enslaved people.

Sojourner Truth – Honors and Books:

Sojourner Truth’s memoirs published under the title The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave in 1850. Truth dictated her recollections to a friend, Olive Gilbert since she could not read or write. William Lloyd Garrison wrote the book’s preface. The Sojourner Truth Library is located at the State University of New York New Paltz, in New Paltz, New York. In 1970, the library was named in honor of the abolitionist and feminist. The Sojourner Truth House is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ located in Gary, Indiana. Founded in 1997, the organization serves homeless and at-risk women and their children by providing shelters, housing assistance, therapeutic programs, and a food pantry.

I end this article with prayers for the present and the future people to never have a situation of slavery ever in their life. Let us make the future generations to live so wonderfully, that they do not about the meaning of slavery. No one should ever experience the sour of being a slave. Let us owe to decorate the world with the unending sounds of laughter of humankind. 

Salutes with Respect to Sojourner Truth!!

 

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