Alabama Democratic Conference Award Luncheon
'Ain't I Woman'
Saturday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Huntsville Country Club, 2601 Oakwood Ave.
Photo Credits: Laurie McCaulley and Shelly Williams, Speakin' Out News photographer
Alabama Democratic Conference (ADC) Madison County Unit, Women’s Affairs hosted its Inaugural “Ain’t I Woman” Award Luncheon. This award highlighted four remarkable women who have committed acts of unselfishness in the shadow of society in the categories of Education, Faith, Family and Social Justice.
"Ain't I A Woman?" is the name given to a speech, delivered extemporaneously, by Sojourner Truth, (1797–1883), born into slavery in New York State. Some time after gaining her freedom in 1827, she became a well known anti-slavery speaker. Her speech was delivered at the Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio, on May 29, 1851, and did not originally have a title. The speech was briefly reported in two contemporary newspapers, and a transcript of the speech was published in the Anti-Slavery Bugle on June 21, 1851. It received wider publicity in 1863 during the American Civil War when Frances Dana Barker Gage published a different version, one which became known as Ain't I a Woman? because of its oft-repeated question. This later, better known and more widely available version has been the one referenced by most historians.