Sojourner Truth suffered harsh physical labor and violent punishment from four different slave masters before escaping slavery. After being freed, she started working for a local Christian pastor and attending religious revivals, where she spoke passionately against slavery. Her Christian faith convicted her to preach the truth publicly. Convinced of God’s calling on her life, she changed her name to Sojourner Truth, telling her friends, "The Spirit calls me, and I must go." She then began traveling the country and preaching against slavery.
Several years later, Truth began a lecture tour to advocate for women’s rights. She continued to fight for the end of slavery by helping slaves escape to freedom. After slavery was declared illegal in the U.S., Truth helped freed slaves find jobs and build new lives. She lobbied against segregation and petitioned for former slaves to be given land.
CENTERED ON CHRIST
Truth devoted her life to Jesus shortly after being freed from slavery. In her autobiography, which was recorded by a friend, Truth said that one day "God revealed himself to her, with all the suddenness of a flash of lightning, showing her, 'in the twinkling of an eye, that he was all over,' that he pervaded the universe, 'and that there was no place where God was not.'" Truth was transformed from a house worker to a traveling preacher after a vision from God told her to go and share her testimony.