Treasured Moments In Black History: Sojourner Truth
Hope has a strange way of shining. It’s most evident in difficult times. This is Treasured Moments In Black History.
Sojourner Truth was born as Isabella Baumfree around 1797 in New York. At age nine, she was sold along with a flock of sheep for $100. Despite this, she would grow into a brave woman who challenged slavery with her Christian faith.
For many years, Baumfree endured cruelty from her owners. One day, she felt inspired by God to flee to freedom, so she ran away.
In 1843, Isabella Baumfree changed her name to Sojourner Truth. As a women’s rights activist, she spoke in 1871 and ignited the crowd at a women’s rights convention with her “Ain’t I Woman?” speech.
During the Civil War, Truth convinced many Black soldiers to join the Union Army. She even had the honor of meeting President Abraham Lincoln.
Truth didn’t waiver in her quest for equality. After the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, she still pushed for land ownership for Blacks. In 1879, one of her prayers was answered with the migration of thousands of ex-slaves to Kansas.
On November 26, 1883, Sojourner Truth died. Her last words were “be a follower of the Lord Jesus.”
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In every generation, God uses ordinary people to accomplish great things!
Treasured Moments in Black History by Moody Radio remembers the people and events in America that have shaped
history and inspired lives. By looking back and highlighting these moments, you will be inspired,
enriched and encouraged in your faith walk to make history for God’s kingdom.