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*On this date in 1851 Sojourner Truth gave her famous "Ain't I a Woman?" speech for the first time. Though it did not originally have a title and was delivered impromptu, it has been an inspiration within the Black feminists’ community since.
Sometime after gaining her freedom in 1827, Sojourner Truth became a well-known anti-slavery speaker. Her speech was delivered at the Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio. 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.
The later, better known and more widely available version has been the one referenced by most historians.