Dear Miss Baumfree:
Thank you for deciding that neither slavery nor sexism have a place in this life.
Thank you the courage to walk, not run, into your freedom. You said, “I did not run off, for I thought that wicked, but I walked off, believing that to be all right.”
Thank you for acting on your courage to stand up to the court, even in a time when women’s voices were not recognized, to get your son back.
Thank you for having the fortitude to ask, Ain’t I a Woman? in 1851 at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. You were the epitome of a woman. I know there are several renditions of exactly what you said in that speech, but the bottom line is that you asked if you were not a woman, the same as a white woman.
Thank you for giving me the courage to stand my ground and to relish in the fact that I am a woman.
Thank you for being the backbone of a gender and the voice of a people.