Sojourner Truth is one of this Examiner's personal heroines. The reason? There are many reasons. Ms. Truth defied the odds in more than one way when it was pretty much impossible to do so. Born as a slave girl named Isabella in New York in approximately 1797, Sojourner Truth grew up in slavery. Separated from her parents at about nine years old, she was forced to endure countless atrocities besides the atrocity of being forced to be a slave. She even believed for a time that it was acceptable to be a slave. Finally, one day, she got fed up and decided that she was not going to be a slave anymore. She left her slave master and embarked on a new life slowly but surely. Sadly, she had to leave her husband and most of her children behind to do this, but she knew that she had to in order to live the free life that God intended for her and also for all other people who were enslaved. Her son was then illegally sold down to the Deep South. She had to fight in the US Court System to get him back; a court system that did not recognize her as a human being. She got him back and moved to New York City to start a new life. Through the years, she encountered other tragedies and atrocities that took away her son for good, accused her of crimes that she did not commit , and other life-changing times. Eventually, Isabella transformed herself into Sojourner Truth and started the fight for both African Americans' rights and women's rights as a whole. She was a fiery speaker who said exactly what she meant and what she thought needed to happen in the US to bring about equality. Want to read more? I hope you do. Pick up The Narrative of Sojourner Truth, and you will learn all this and much, much more.
Ms. Truth truly proves that there is nothing that is impossible and nothing that cannot be attained if you have faith and work hard. Remember that today no matter what you all are doing.