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#Throwback Black History Month post: Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I A Woman”

Hello all! Mama Sojo tells it like it is. We weren’t some docile people just because of our enslavement, we’re a vocal people now & forever. This is for the ones who didn’t get documented, keep telling your story! I originally wrote this blog post on May 24, 2016; enjoy! & Afterwards, be sure to find out how to tell your authentic story by joining the Dear Black People™ Webinar Series by clicking here!

Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I A Woman Speech”, May 28, 1851

That last line “
Obliged to you for
hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain’t got
nothing more to say”, is the original ‘Drops mic’.

Check out the speech below!

“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 ar’n’t I a woman?

Look at me! Look
at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and
gathered into barns, and no man could head me!
And ar’n’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

I have borne
thirteen children, and seen 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

Then they talk
about this thing in the head; what’s this they
call it? [member of audience whispers,
“intellect”] That’s it, honey. What’s that got
to do with women’s rights or negroes’ rights? 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 that 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? 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.”

Well said my sister ✊🏾💜

This! I say this all the time, seems her and I think alike 🙂

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