WWSTD–What would Sojourner Truth do?

Published: 3/18/2021 12:12:14 PM WWSTD–What would Sojourner Truth do? Reflecting on your recent article “Confederate flag banned in...

Published: 3/18/2021 12:12:14 PM

WWSTD–What would Sojourner Truth do?

Reflecting on your recent article “Confederate flag banned in schools,” (March 13) members of the Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue Committee asked as we frequently do, “WWSTD–What Would Sojourner Truth Do?”

It’s pretty easy to imagine in this case that, if this larger-than-life woman still lived in the house she once owned (located just down the street from her statue in Florence and roughly around the corner from JFK Middle School), she would surely have swept down the street to join the rally that took place outside the school on Feb. 24.

No microphone existed when she spoke truth at the numerous raucous assemblies that took place in the 1840s and 1850s around these parts as people called for the abolition of slavery. I can imagine her at this 2021 rally calling out with her strong voice, “Children! Your principal is a courageous and principled man for refusing to allow images of a symbol of violence against Black people, symbols that are used to terrorize, to disrupt lives and block rights to vote or prosper. Only by facing our nation’s full truth can we come to be truly free.”

Sojourner Truth never learned to read, but she said she knew how to read people. I think she would say she could read Principal Desmond Caldwell and the Northampton School Committee just fine. And what might she say to them? “You are doing the right thing. Just keep going.”

Carol Rinehart


The writer is a member of the Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee.

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