African American Black History
Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement
Produced by Dorothy Saraceno, accompanied by Rev. Karen Burger
Mamaroneck United Methodist Church, 2-25-18
Cicely Greaves, Isabelle Edwards, Coralle Joseph and Giny Valenti .
Phillis Wheatley, after being kidnapped from West Africa and enslaved in Boston, became the first African American and one of the first women to publish a book of poetry in the colonies in 1773.
Elizabeth Freeman, was the first enslaved African American to file and win a freedom suit in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling, found slavery to be inconsistent with the 1780 Massachusetts State Constitution.
Sojourner Truth, born Isabella (Belle) Baumfree; was an African American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom 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.
Convinced that God had called her to "testifying the hope that was in her" 1843, her best-known speech was delivered in 1851, at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention. The speech became widely known during the Civil War by the title "Ain't I a Woman?".
Ida Bell Wells-Barnett, commonly known as Ida B. Wells, was an African American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, feminist, Georgist, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909.
Here lays one of the most important meanings behind the words:
Essentials For Change.
Being aware of the contributions and struggles of women that came before us; strengthens the women we become today.
Looking back, to look forward, an awesome tool for cultivating new develops in life.
Would you agree that Sojourner Truth's speech entitled,
" Ain't I a Woman?" sets the bar?
Ain’t I a Woman? 1851
I want to say a few words about this matter. I am a woman's rights. I have as much muscle as any man, and can do as much work as any man. I have plowed and reaped and husked and chopped and mowed, and can any man do more than that? I have heard much about the sexes being equal. I can carry as much as any man, and can eat as much too, if I can get it. I am as strong as any man that is now. As for intellect, all I can say is, if a woman have a pint, and a man a quart – why can't she have her little pint full? You need not be afraid to give us our rights for fear we will take too much, – for we can't take more than our pint'll hold. The poor men seems to be all in confusion, and don't know what to do. 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 can't read, but I can hear. I have heard the bible and have learned that Eve caused man to sin. Well, if woman upset the world, do give her a chance to set it right side up again. The Lady has spoken about Jesus, how he never spurned woman from him, and she was right. When Lazarus died, Mary and Martha came to him with faith and love and besought him to raise their brother. And Jesus wept and Lazarus came forth. And how came Jesus into the world? Through God who created him and the woman who bore him. Man, where was your part? But the women are coming up blessed be God and a few of the men are coming up with them. But man is in a tight place, the poor slave is on him, woman is coming on him, he is surely between a hawk and a buzzard.
Learn more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ain%27t_I_a_Woman%3F