Senator James Orengo’s wife Betty Kaari Murungi has this Sunday morning shared an 1851 piece of writing that captured a memorable historic speech of a black woman who was fighting the racial injustices of those days.
For the past 3 days or so, the African American people have been protesting for racial injustices they have been facing after a police officer killed a black man a few days ago.
The hashtag they have been using to share out their views on social media is the same that Orengo’s wife used when she took the old piece of writing to her official Twitter handle.
he went further and urged the world to share the piece with others.
“To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this #racialinjustice,” she captioned the story.
n the 1851 piece titled: “Sojourner Truth Addresses Ohio Women’s Rights Convention; Record of Speech Later Rewritten by White Feminist”, a black woman by the name Isabella Baumfree was born in the year 1797 and grew up in slavery in New York City.
The woman would then change her name to Sojourner Truth after the end of slavery.
As the title of the piece states, she gave a speech during the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention that was held in 1851.
n her speech, she wanted women to be empowered and equality, whether black or white and urged men to stop fearing giving women their rights
“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 seem to be all in confusion, and don’t know what to do. Why children, if you have a 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.” she said to the crowd, addressing the Ohio legislature and men nationwide.
Her speech was timely because it was the same year when the state of Ohio was drafting a new constitution.
The convention was organized so that women’s rights be included in the constitution that was being drafted.
Sojourner Truth’s famous speech today is known to many as the “Ain’t I A Woman”, but sources say she never used the phrase in her speech.
he phrase is said to have been lifted from another transcription that had also been published in the year 1851