Sunday, September 24, 2006

Clinton looks to honor Ulster County womans right leader Sojourner Truth

Senator Hillary Clinton has introduced a bill to have a monument of Truth placed in the US Capital to honor the womans rights leader and inspirational speaker to African Americans having been freed from slavery. I think it is important that we honor Sojourner Truth for her bravery and compassion, I think this monument would be a nice tribute .

''It is past time that we honor a woman who, despite all the hardships she faced, was a tireless advocate for women's rights," said Clinton.

Sojourner Truth began her life as a slave and ended it as a celebrated anti-slavery activist. She was born into slavery in New York and was sold several times before escaping to freedom with an infant daughter in 1827. She worked as a housekeeper, lived in a religious commune, and eventually became a traveling speaker and preacher. Although she could neither read nor write, Truth was a captivating speaker: she reportedly stood nearly six feet tall and was a powerful evangelist who spoke out for women's rights and against slavery. Prompted by religious feelings, she changed her name to Sojourner Truth in 1843. Her memoir The Narrative of Sojourner Truth (as told to author Olive Gilbert) was published in 1850 and helped establish her in the public mind. The next year, at a women's rights convention in Akron, Ohio, she gave her famous speech, "Ain't I A Woman," a short but stirring challenge to the notion that men were superior to women. During the Civil War she worked to support black Union soldiers, and after the war she continued to travel and preach on spiritual topics and as an advocate for the rights of blacks and women.

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