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Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth was an  African-American abolitionist  and  women's rights  activist. Truth was born into  slavery but escaped to freedom with her infant daughter in 1826. After going to court to recover her son, in 1828 she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man. In 1851, Truth joined George Thompson, an abolitionist and speaker, on a lecture tour through central and western New York State. In May, she attended the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, where she delivered her famous extemporaneous speech on women's rights, later known as "Ain't I a Woman." Her speech demanded equal human rights for all women as well as for all blacks.