I chose to focus on Sojourner Truth's Speech because it resonated with me. The two renditions of her speech even though different were extremely powerful and spoke to the true essence and core of Feminism and the women's rights movement. Since she was a former slave Ms. Sojourner Truth knew exactly what it was like to have no rights at all. Whether the famous rendition of her speech was made up I believe when she spoke in Ohio at the Women's Rights Convention, she truly spoke from the heart, and she gives everyone hope for a brighter tomorrow. Both men and women, Black and White no matter where we originate from can still have the courage to speak, and let our voices be heard. Both renditions of her speech even though they vary represent strength, justice, and honor. It is also clear that no matter who we are, whatever gender, race or class we are capable of so much more, and I believe that is the message Ms. Truth wanted us to take with us. The message will also be transmitted to future generations. Both of her renditions represent live and let others live. A few quotes from the first rendition written by Marius Robinson published in 1851 stand out to me about her wanting freedom and equal rights for all:
“Why children, if you have woman’s rights, give it to her and you will feel better.”
“You will have your own rights, and they won’t be so much trouble.”
I understand her message. It echoes throughout my soul that women should have rights and we all should live in peace and harmony. Both renditions represent that we should respect others’ lives just as we respect our own.
-- works cited --
Podell, Leslie. “The Sojourner Truth Project.” The Sojourner Truth Project. Accessed August 17, 2019. https://www.thesojournertruthproject.com.