Tuesday, July 26, 2005

This seemingly random bit of trivia is brought to you by your friendly WITNESS School Program Manager, who encourages everyone to join me at the world premiere of Truth, a choral ballet on the life of Sojourner Truth!

Sojourner Truth was a northern slave, not a southern slave.
(This completely ruins the stereotype I already had in my head!)

And her native language was . . . Dutch (go figure!)
She didn't learn English until she was a teenager.
(Because she was sold to English speaking owners who beat her for not talking in English).
But she always spoke with a Dutch accent.

(Now, for some real fun, try to imagine The 'Aint I a Woman Speech with a Dutch accent!)

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman?