Aya Academy of Excellence

The Change Agent: Sojourner Truth

Alfre Woodard recites Sojourner Truth’s Ain’t I a Woman speech.
When Ms. Truth, an enslaved American woman, walked into her freedom and away from the fetters of her captors, she considered going back, out of fear of the unknown. She was running away from abuse. She was running from the mental torment of being separated from her beloved family members. She was running away from the relentless field work that tied her ancestors into socio-economic shackles.

Ms. Truth, an abolitionist, preacher and advocate for gender equality, became a celebrated speaker whose tenacious spirit and firebrand deliver brought her legions of respected followers. The magnitude of her Ain’t I Woman speech, which juxtaposed racial and gender inequalities, still resonates today as we continue to grapple with civil rights issues for marginalized communities.

Aya Academy of Excellence salutes Sojourner Truth, our 20/20 Tapestry Change Agent.


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