"I know that it feels a kind o’ hissin’ and ticklin’ like to see a colored woman get up and tell you about things, and Woman’s Rights. We have all been thrown down so low that nobody thought we’d ever get up again; but . . . we will come up again, and now I’m here. . . we’ll have our rights; see if we don’t; and you can’t stop us from them; see if you can. You may hiss as much as you like, but it is comin’. . . . I am sittin’ among you to watch; and every once and awhile I will come out and tell you what time of night it is. . . ."
Quote by Sojourner Truth, speaking in 1853 in New York City at the Fourth National Woman’s Rights Convention to among others, a shouting, jeering and threatening mob.
Isabella Baumfree was born into slavery in New York around 1797 and became a prominent African American abolitionist and women's rights activist. She escaped slavery in 1826 and later became a devout Christian. In 1843, she changed her name to Sojourner Truth, reflecting her commitment to traveling and speaking out against slavery and injustice. Truth is best known for her powerful and captivating speech, "Ain't I a Woman?" delivered at the 1851 Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, where she advocated for both the abolition of slavery and women's rights. Her life and activism played a significant role in the abolitionist and suffragist movements, leaving a lasting impact on the fight for equality and justice.