Alfre Woodard reads Sojourner Truth

The brilliant woman warrior Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) delivered her famous speech “Ain’t I A Woman? at the Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio on May 29, 1851. Although Truth was one of the most famous orators of her time, the actual words she spoke that day have been the subject of much debate. No written transcript of her speech has ever been found. However, several versions of what she said were written by others and subsequently published. The earliest appeared in the Salem, Ohio, Anti-Slavery Bugle on June 21, 1851. The version below performed by the awesome Alfre Woodard was published in 1875, nearly 25 years after the speech was given. It has become the most popular and well known of the various published texts.

 

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