Sojourner Truth in Her Own Words

Born a slave,  Isabella Bomfree  (or Baumfree) gained her freedom with the help of an abolitionist family.  She later took the name Sojourner Truth and became a public speaker, itinerant preacher and advocate for abolition, temperance, and civil and women’s rights in the nineteenth century.  I first learned about Sojourner Truth in school.  Then as a your adult I became interested in her for her role in the Suffrage Movement.  Her “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech especially moved me.

I have decided to let Sojourner Truth speak in her own words.  What follows are several quotes attributed to her, beginning with her explanation for her change of name.  For more information on Sojourner Truth please see the links below.

Now Sojourner Truth in her own words:

“The Lord gave me ‘Sojourner,’ because I was to travel up an’ down the land, showin’ the people their sins an’ bein’ a sign unto them. Afterwards, I told the Lord I wanted another name ’cause everybody else had two names, and the Lord gave me ‘Truth,’ because I was to declare the truth to people.” — Sojourner Truth
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/sojourner_truth_802921

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“Life is a hard battle anyway. If we laugh and sing a little as we fight the good fight of freedom, it makes it all go easier. I will not allow my life’s light to be determined by the darkness around me.”
Sojourner Truth


“I am above eighty years old … I suppose I am about the only colored woman that goes about to speak for the rights of the colored women. I want to keep the thing stirring, now that the ice is cracked.”
Sojourner Truth

“Where there is so much racket, there must be something out of kilter”
Sojourner Truth

For More Information:

http://www.sojournertruth.org/

https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/sojourner-truth

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sojourner_Truth

 

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