Dear Editor, 

Upon reflection of Black History month, I was reminded of the story of Sojourner Truth and wanted to share it with my fellow citizens.

Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that ‘twixt the Negroes of the south and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what’s all this here talking about? That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm. I have plowed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne 13 children, and seen them most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?

Then they talk about this thing in the head; what’s this they call it? {Intellect, someone whispers.} That’s it, honey. What’s that got to do with women’s rights or Negroes right? If my cup won’t hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn’t you be mean not to let me have my little half-measure full? Then the little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, ‘cause Christ wasn’t a woman! Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with him.

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.

Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain’t got nothing more to say.

Sojourner Truth was formally known as Isabella Baumfree in 1797 born as a slave. Isabella changed her name because of the journey she felt lead by the Lord to carry out. The Journey for equal rights for women in the north and all across America of the world. For the freedom of all African slaves in the south. The abolition of slavery and for betterment of living for the Africans dwelling in New York and other challenges and struggles. In 1853, she said in her speech, “You may hiss and groan as much as you please, but women will get their right anyway; you can’t stop us, neither.” She also wrote a tune of “Auld Lang Sync” she called it “I Am Pleading For My People” in 1840.

“Ain’t I Somebody too,” Mrs. Sojourner Truth.

Pamela Daley, 

Folkston