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Join the Phoenixville Library in honoring Black History Month with a special, living history presentation: Dr. Daisy Century Presents Sojourner Truth. Almost as impressively tall as the woman she portrays, Dr. Daisy Century gives a commanding performance of Ms. Truth, bringing to life a woman undeterred by incredible obstacles, a woman who mixed with the leading figures of her day, including Susan B. Anthony, Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. Audience members are urged to consider the twin goals of racial and gender parity of equal importance. The audience will have the opportunity to sign Sojourner Truth’s Book of Life, signifying their connection to Ms. Truth’s legacy.
About Sojourner Truth: Born Isabella Baumfree, the slave from a small town north of New York City changed hands several times, each owner just as harsh as the others. During her early life she endured brutal treatment: repeated beatings, rapes and a forced marriage. In 1826, she had an epiphany, became a devout Christian, renamed herself Sojourner Truth, and began traveling as a preacher. In 1850, Sojourner began speaking on women’s suffrage, believing the causes of abolition and women’s rights to be intertwined and equally important. Ms. Truth’s most quoted speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?” was delivered at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. Sojourner Truth also helped recruit black troops during the Civil War for the Union Army and worked as a Union nurse.