Google Doodle Kicks Off Black History Month By Honoring Sojourner Truth
A Black illustrator based in Philadelphia drew it.
February 01, 2019 at 7:29 pm
Google is famous for its informative and always on time Doodles. The company celebrated the first day of Black History Month by paying homage to women's rights lobbyist and abolitionist Sojourner Truth.
"In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, we celebrate American abolitionist Sojourner Truth, who escaped from slavery & became a powerful advocate for justice & equality everywhere," Google's tweet read.
In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, we celebrate American abolitionist Sojourner Truth, who escaped from slavery & became a powerful advocate for justice & equality everywhere.— Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) February 1, 2019
Thanks to our guest artist @loveiswise_ for such a thoughtful #GoogleDoodle! → https://t.co/W1VzvI4S9B pic.twitter.com/Y2PT4g1ky2
According to HuffPost, the image depicts the courthouse where Truth emerged victorious in advocating for her son's freedom.
When asked what lessons she desires people take away from her image, Wise had this to say:
"Without her work and the awareness Sojourner spread, the US would not be what it currently is today! It's important to lift up her legacy and reflect on that."
Born into slavery in New York, Truth's parents originally named her Isabella Baumfree. History writes that she was sold as a slave to violent owner John Neely at the age of 9. After her second owner, John Dumont, illegally auctioned her young son, Truth took the gentleman to court and won. Consequently, she became the first Black woman in the country to succeed in bringing a white man to trial.
Truth eventually became a leader in women's rights and first publicly championed the liberties of Black women at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in 1851. Her infamous "Ain't I A Woman?" speech detailed the hardships she had to overcome as a Black woman and how those tribulations molded her into an activist for the voiceless.
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