Digital Illustration, 2019
Sojourner was an African American evangelist, abolitionist, women’s rights activist
and author who lived a miserable life as a slave, serving several masters throughout
New York before escaping to freedom in 1826. She fought for equal rights for all,
which is highlighted in her stirring “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech, delivered
at a women’s convention in Ohio in 1851.
She continued her crusade for the rest of her life, earning an audience with President Abraham Lincoln and becoming one of the world’s best-known human rights crusaders.