American, 1797 – 1883
Born into slavery and against all odds, Sojourner Truth had the courage and strength to escape to freedom with her infant daughter in 1826. In 1828, she went to court to regain her son and won; the first black woman to win such a case against a white man. In 1851, she attended the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, where she delivered her famous speech “Ain’t I a Woman”, demanding equal rights for all women as well as for all blacks. From 1850, she travelled around the country, selling her biography and, in 1853, she spoke at a suffragist convention in New York City. Drawing large crowds, she went on speaking out against slavery and for women’s rights, suffrage, and equal rights for all.