Highlighting Sojourner Truth: Abolitionist and Suffragist


Perhaps one of the uniqueness of taking the time to highlight certain people in a very different time in American history is the recognition of a different social and cultural context, and to learn of their impact made through speech, bravery, and persevering dedication.

During a time when social values were different from what they are today, people who challenged the norm faced formidable opposition and lives would be in dangerous risk. Sojourner Truth was an abolitionist and suffragist who spoke publicly for women’s freedom and rights and worked to end the institution of slavery.

At the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Truth gave a speech that aptly referred to fundamental Christian concepts, with which many were familiar, to debunk and challenge the notion of woman as inferior.


She took her son’s case to court and it resulted in the return of her son after he was illegally sold. Though she came from a family of slaves and experienced slavery herself, her ability to fight and win against a white man in the U.S. court in the early 1800s was not just a small feat.

“Sojourner Truth’s bravery, vision, and struggle to during her nearly 40 years of social justice activism helped to end slavery, desegregate public transportation, active racial uplift for blacks, and secure voting rights for women. She was born in 1797 and died in 1883” (Sojourner Truth, I. K. Richman).

Truth represents a spirit unbroken and great mind put to action. This week, BEZALEL recognizes Sojourner Truth, as her impact stands for justice, freedom, and an amazing hope that can be seen as realized in many aspects of social and political life today.


To learn more about Sojourner Truth, visit this intro's reference: www.biography.com/activist/sojourner-truth