This Day in Black History: Jan. 25, 1851

Abolitionist Sojourner Truth addresses the Black Women’s Rights Convention.

Posted: 01/25/2012 07:00 AM EST

Abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth gives the acclaimed speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?” at the first-ever Black Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, on this day in 1851.


Also on this day, in 1938, legendary blues and R&B singer Etta James, who passed away on Jan. 20, was born in Los Angeles.


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