"Dat man over dar say dat woman needs to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches. . . . Nobody eber helps me into carriages, or ober mud-puddles . . . and ar'n't I a woman?" Sojourner Truth, 1851
Sojourner Truth spoke these words at the Akron, Ohio Women’s Rights Conference in 1851. Originally known as Isabella, Truth transformed herself from a domestic slave into a preacher, whose words of empowerment inspired people all over the world, and continue to do so today. Her fierce and fiery personality, powerful physique, and hope and strength set her apart as she addressed listeners about her passion for equality. Truth became a national symbol for strong African-American women – for all strong women.
On August 18, 1920, women won the right to vote and to hold elective office with the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The American Women’s Suffrage Movement stands as a lasting affirmation of our country’s democratic promise. It re-emphasized the importance of the most fundamental democratic values: the right to vote, and the possibility of peaceful, yet revolutionary, political change. In 1971, Congress enacted Women’s Equality Day. The observance of Women’s Equality Day celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment, and also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.
The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is pleased to announce a Women’s Equality Day commemoration event, featuring Dr. Daisy Nelson Century, as she presents a living history portrayal of Sojourner Truth. The event begins at 1:00 pm on Friday, August 26, 2016 and is open to the public and free to attend. Dr. Century is a historical reenactor and has traveled across the United States, portraying many historical figures to include Harriet Tubman, Mary Fields, Phyllis Wheatley, Bessie Coleman, and Hatshepsut, the longest reigning female pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. Dr. Century currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a middle school science teacher.
Come celebrate Women’s Equality Day at USAHEC to learn more about the life and impact of Sojourner Truth! As always, USAHEC’s exhibits, to include the “Cook Pot and Palette” art exhibit, “Treasures of USAHEC,” and the Soldier Experience Gallery, will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and feel free to browse the Museum Store. Parking is free and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please call: 717-245-3972 or visit the website: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/index.cfm.