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SoJourner Truth’s “Ain’t I A Woman”

Back in 1851, abolitionist Sojourner Truth uttered a simple phrase that many may argue is still a relevant question over 160 years later, “Ain’t I a Woman” when discussing women’s rights, especially women of color. Speaking at a women’s convention in Akron, Ohio, Truth delivered  one of the most famous abolitionist and women’s rights speeches in the history of the United States. She said,

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 thirteen 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?

Read the entire speech here.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream”

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. recited arguably the most important and popular speeches ever. In case you never saw this footage, see it below.

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