Sojourner Truth was originally a slave to Dutch owners and named Isabella Van Waggener.
She was seperated from her parents and sold at a very tender age.
She married and birthed 13 children, who were also sold as slaves seperately from her husband.
Though she could not read or write, she fought and regained of one of her children in a court of law against an actual lawyer.
Sojourner changed her name when she was freed and became an abolitionist and by todays standards, a feminist, joining the ranks of William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, David Ruggles and John Dumont.
Her illiteracy did not outweigh her passion which led to numerous speaking engagements, including the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in May 1851 preceded by membership in the Northampton Association of Education and Industry.
Sojourner was a devout Christian and survived the accusation of murder and theft.
Sojourner is proof of the rewards of persistence, determination, resilience.
Her name change signifies that you must not let others define who or what you are. You are not what you are called. You are what you decide to answer to.