Summit County black elected officials at the Sojourner Truth Community Photo event May 30th 2018 at Lock 3. Emilia Sykes, Margo Summerville, Tara L. Samples, Tavia Galonski, Judge Annalisa Williams and Veronica Sims.
Sojourner Truth, an iconic figure who fought for women’s rights and human rights, made her mark in history by fighting against the injustices of slavery in the United States.
Truth, born into slavery as Isabella Baumfree in 1797, became an early advocate against the practice. She escaped bondage in 1826 with her infant child, awaiting the state’s emancipation in 1827.
She became one of the first Black women to challenge a White man in court and win when she sued to retrieve her son, Peter, who had been illegally sold into slavery at just five years old.