On November 26, 1883, Sojourner Truth died at the age of 86.
According to Robert Ellsberg, in his book ALL SAINTS, Daily Reflections of Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time, Sojourner Truth “was widely acclaimed as one of the most influential women of her day: an illiterate black woman, a political activist without office, a preacher without credentials save for her penetrating and holistic vision of God’s justice .”
Perhaps her most famous speech was delivered at a women’s rights meeting, when she said, “I have plowed and planted and gathered into barns, and no man could head me––and ain’t I a woman? I have born’d five childrun and seen ’em mos’ all sold off into slavery, and when I cried out with a mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard––and ain’t I a woman? … Den dat little man in black dar, he say women can’t have as much rights as man, ’cause Christ warn’t a woman. Whar did your Christ come from? What did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with him!”