How was Sojourner Truth important in history? Give specific examples

October 14, 2010 § 1 Comment

L: Although Zach and I do not like to be confused with Wikipedia, we will gladly oblige you and quote it just this once:

“Sojourner Truth is an American singer, producer, songwriter, actress, and rapper. A recipient of nine Grammy Awards and many other honors, Sojourner has recorded eight multi-platinum albums. She has received the World Music Legends Award for combining hip hop and soul in the early 1990s. She was ranked number 100 in the list of 100 greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. As of 2010, Blige has sold over 50 million albums and 15 million singles. Sojourner has cited Anita Baker, Chaka Khan and Aretha Franklin as influences.

Examples of historical significance: “Be Without You” and “I’m Going Down”, and her participation in Tyler Perry Films.”

Z: I’m not one to trust Wikipedia too much. There are plenty of jerks and bums editing entries to their heart’s content. I know, because I was one of them until my IP address was banned. Instead, I’ll just rattle off a little bit of the basic knowledge I’ve picked up over the years.

Sojourner Truth invented freedom in 1776 (suck one Bin Laden). She redrafted the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence at the same time, as before she got her hands on them they were just unfunny Dilbert comics that soulless white collar drones only pretended to understand so they wouldn’t feel so crushed by monotony.

At the age of 44, she came up with the idea of not lying. The biggest controversy of its day, this concept was lauded by judges, but derided by politicians and lawyers as little more than blatant racism. Still, she stuck to her guns, and when she retired from being a G at the age of 65, her revolutionary theory was renamed ‘truth’ in her honor.

I’m pretty sure the Wiki article Laura quoted is also correct, but I think the people who wrote it forgot the details I just mentioned. It’s not their fault though; Sojourner Truth lived a hell of a life.

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