Today marks the beginning of Black History month and I’d like to do something a little different. Usually I share quotes from well known historical figures like Sojourner Truth, Martin Luther King Jr, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Rosa Parks. While there is no denying their important sacrifices and accomplishments, I thought I’d focus this year on some heroes who aren’t quite as well known today.
Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-1896), escaped from slavery and was eventually freed. She became an active abolitionist speaker and writer. Her autobiography, “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl,” was first serialized in a newspaper, and then published in 1861 under the pseudonym Linda Brent. It’s considered one of the first books to not only focus on the struggle for freedom by female slaves, but also their fight against sexual harassment and abuse, while maintaining their roles as women and mothers.
Reader, did you ever hate? I hope not. I never did but once; and I never shall again. Somebody has called it ‘the atmosphere of hell’; and I believe it is so.
~ Harriet Ann Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl ~