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Ain’t I a Woman?

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Sojourner Truth (1797-1883): Ain’t I A Woman?
Delivered 1851
Women’s Convention, Akron, Ohio

(The woman we know as Sojourner Truth was born into slavery in New York as Isabella Baumfree, she was an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist)

Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that ‘twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what’s all this here talking about?

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere.

Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman?

Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman?

I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?

Then they talk about this thing in the head; what’s this they call it? [member of audience whispers, “intellect”] That’s it, honey. What’s that got to do with women’s rights or negroes’ rights? If my cup won’t hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn’t you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?

Then that little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, ’cause Christ wasn’t a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again!

And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.
Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain’t got nothing more to say.

………………………….Submitted by BEAUTY


Written by The BlueBird

December 11, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Posted in The New African

What are you doing now?

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A 1979 Harvard MBA program survey asked students,

“Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish

Only 3% of the graduates had written goals and plans;
13% had goals, but they were not in writing;
and 84% had no specific goals.

Ten years later, the members of the class were interviewed again, and the finding showed the

13% of the class who had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 84% who had no goals at all.

And what about the 3% who had clear, written goals?

They were earning, on average, 10 times as much as the other 97% put together.

Not all goals have to be about making money. They could also be about learning new skills, creating great art, or running a marathon.

What goals have in common is a vision of what you want to be, do, or have in the future.

To move mountains, you start with moving little stones.

We will either find a way, or else, we will make one, starting from today

Written by The BlueBird

November 20, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Posted in The New African