Category Archives: African American History Month

An Equal Chance in the Battle of Life

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“My race needs no special defense, for the past history of them in this country proves them to be equal of any people anywhere. All they need is an equal chance in the battle of life.” — Robert Smalls, Slave who went on to serve in the South Carolina State legislature and the United States House of Representatives

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We’re All Teachers

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we’re all teachers – if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.”

—  Marla Gibbs, American actress, comedian, singer, writer and producer,
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/positive

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

 

Just U.S. History

Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins

“Won’t it be wonderful when black history and native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.” —Maya Angelou
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We Must Still Dare to Hope

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

 “In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.”

– Michael Jackson, American Singer, Songwriter and Dancer

We are the Change

Copyright 2015 by R,.A. Robbins

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
–  Barack Obama, First African American U.S. President