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Sojourner Truth (1797-1883)
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It's that time of year again! For the 4th year in a row, the Transformative Justice Coalition and the Voting Rights Alliance, in honor of Black History Month, is reprinting its #VRABlackHistory series (originally created in 2017; all articles updated in 2018; all graphics updated in 2020). In addition to 10 NEW articles this year, the series will also start off its first 7 days with stories of Black women involved in the Women's Suffrage Movement in honor of the 100th Year Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

Join us all month long as we share the legacies and stories of the sheroes, heroes, and events in the fight for Black suffrage on social media under the hashtag #VRABlackHistory. Follow us on Twitter  ( @VRAmatters ) to share your own facts.

Reporting by: Caitlyn Cobb .   All the sources are linked in green, with a full source list at the bottom.
Today we honor Sojourner Truth, who was not only “one of the first African American women to win a lawsuit in the United States”, but was also a powerful advocate of the suffrage movement for Black and all women.
Click on the video to WATCH as Actress Kerry Washington reads the 1851 speech of abolitionist Sojourner Truth. This is a POWERFUL performance.
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Reporting by: Caitlyn Cobb

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