MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Cecelia Davidson of the Mount Vernon City School District's speech, language and hearing department, wrote a recent post on the monthly blog "Speaking Out," which is about communication and academic success.
The post, called "Our Children’s Literacy is a Priority: No Excuses," talks about Sojourner Truth (1797? -1883), a renowned African-American preacher, abolitionist and women’s rights activist.
According to the blog, Sojourner Truth never learned to read and write. After surviving over 30 years of slavery, physical deprivation, sexual abuse and emotional challenges, she became one of the most influential women of her time.
Sojourner Truth was born Isabella Baumfree in New York. She chose the name Sojourner Truth when she recognized her calling from God to travel and preach about freedom and justice (1843).
Although of African ancestry, her first language was Dutch.
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