Sophie had to read a biography for her book report this month. One of the few children's biographies we had on hand was about Sojourner Truth, the 19th century abolitionist and women's rights advocate. To spare myself a trip to the library that night, I encouraged her to read it. We read a couple of chapters together and talked a little about how unjust slavery is, how blessed we are to be free and about the importance of speaking up when things are wrong.
For her presentation, Sophie had to dress up as Sojourner and talk about her life in the first person. She was so excited with her simple costume. She came home pumped up about how well she did. 'Atta girl!
This YouTube video is of Alfre Woodard giving Sojourner's famous "Ain't I a Woman" speech, which was an oft-quoted and influential speech of the Woman's Suffrage movement.
I always cry when I read or hear about how her children were taken from her and sold into slavery . She said in the "Ain't I a Woman" speech: "When I cried out in my mother's grief none but Jesus heard me." I take so much for granted, but I am grateful for women like Sojourner Truth, and glad that Sophie got to read about a strong, spunky, amazing woman this month.