• Michelle Smith

Amazing Melanated Mommies: 20

Updated: Apr 18, 2019

While African American history is too extraordinary to be summed up in a year, let alone a month, we will be celebrating phenomenal women who changed the world as we see it now all while raising children. If they can do it, so can we. Lets do it!!!

Sojourner Truth, born Isabella (Belle) Baumfree, was an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. Soon after her escape, she heard that her 5-year-old son, Peter, was illegally sold to a man in Alabama. With the help of abolitionist couple, Isaac and Maria Van Wagenen, Truth raised money for a lawyer, filed a complaint in court and successfully got Peter out of slavery. She became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man. Belle gave herself the name Sojourner Truth in 1843 after she became convinced that God had called her to leave the city and go into the countryside "testifying the hope that was in her". Her best-known speech, “Ain’t I a Woman” was delivered in 1851, at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. Truth went on to become a Christian preacher in New York City and toured the northeast, speaking about the Bible, abolition, and women’s suffrage.

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