Sojourner's Place

ain't i a woman? yes! you are!  

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For 158 years, we have waited for the answer. For 158 years, the question has been asked. And, now after 158 years of waiting, America will reply with a loud and resounding YES. YES, Mrs. Isabella Baumfree, YOU ARE A WOMAN!

Much obliged to the decade long efforts of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc., Mrs. Isabella Baumfree, known to us as Sojourner Truth, will finally be memorialize in the United States Capitol April 28, 2009. Continuing to make history 126 years after her death, Sojourner Truth becomes the first African-American woman qith a memorial in United States Capitol. Spearheaded by the late and former president of the NCBW, Dr. C. Delores Tucker, the memorial was completed by current National Chair, Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. and members of NCBW.

In addition to the unveiling of the Sojourner Truth bust, The Celebration of Truth will also include a presentation of "Ain't I A Woman," by long time NCBW supporter and actress, Cicely Tyson. Others performers will include Lomax Spaulding, Yolanda Adams and Dorinda Clarke Cole; along with a dramatic luncheon presentations by singer/actress MZuri Moyo and a monologue by ABC's Desperate Housewives narrator, Brenda Strong.

This accomplishment has been a struggle, but at the National Congress of Black Women, we have learned that it is from our struggles that we gain our victories. We never gave up no matter what stood in our way. This bust of Sojourner Truth in the U.S. Capitol is an honor to all women, and will forever serve as a part of our history that celebrates the right to vote for all women. Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq., National Chair of NCBW.
Sojourner Truth inspired generations of women to demand equality and who later would dare to reach for the ballot. Her Memorial, the first to a black woman in the U.S. Capitol, is a milestone, not just for African Americans and women, but for all Americans. President Barack Obama.
Much obliged to the co-sponsors of the Sojourner Truth Memorial: Ford Motor Company, Shell Oil Company, Wal-Mart, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Capitol City Links, YWCA USA, Senator Ed Brooke, Events of the Heart and the Obama Family.

Much obliged to supporters and sponsors of Bill H.R. 4510 and the Sojourner Truth Memorial: U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, Rep. Diane Watson, Senator Arlen Specter and many more. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Rep. Major Owens, Senator Carl Levin and Senator Chris Dodd also supported the earlier efforts to place Sojourner Truth in the Capitol.

Much obliged toWisdom Teaches Me and Villager for sharing this very special news with old SjP. You know my heart just leaped for shear joy when I read it!

And Much Obliged! Very Much Obliged to Sojourner Truth for having the courage to dare to ask the question, over 158 years ago, AIN'T I A WOMAN?

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 ploughed 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 five 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 woman?

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 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.
Obliged to you for hearing me,
and now old SjP ain't got nothin' more to say...
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Greetings sista Sojouner!

you are so very welcome--i knew i had to send you the info when i read it--you and your blog came to my spirit!

and thank you for this post!
i only wish i could be there for the unveiling and program.
but i do know that when we take our girls to DC we'll be stopping by her memorial!
First thing! LOL

Keep your faith, Peace and Love-as your strength from Him--for He will continue to guide you along Your Journey!
He Is Always right by our side!
Amen..
ok, now, let me go read about people that can't pee because a black woman is in the rr??
lolo
OKaaayyy! lololo

April 23, 2009 at 11:18 AM
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