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Let It Shine: Sojourner Truth

Summer Book Club Read on Stories of Black Female Freedom Fighters

This summer we're reading Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters.

Sojourner Truth was an abolitionist, feminist, women's rights activist, and preacher born into slavery, but who is remembered as a legend. She served as a slave for most of her life before escaping slavery for freedom in 1826.

While free, she fought for women's rights, racial equality, prison reform, property rights, and voting rights. She is also one of the first Black women to successfully challenge a white man in a United States court.

In learning about Sojourner Truth, answer the following questions:

  • Define the word "fighter"?

  • Would it be accurate to describe Sojourner Truth as a "fighter"?

  • Describe why courage is needed to be a good fighter?

  • What role does courage play in the story?


Harlem youth can attend Book Club classes live on Zoom on Wednesdays at noon through August 14, 2020. Parents, sign up your student(s) for Virtual Summer Programming at

To learn more about our Virtual Summer Programming, click here.

To learn more about BGCHarlem 2020 Summer Book Club, click here

BGCHarlem 2020 Book Club made possible by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

BGCHarlem would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the donation of our Summer 2020 Book Club books in our Summer Fun Kits for summer campers toward the amplification of Black voices through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Equity Initiative. Click here to learn more about HMH's Books for Equity Initiative.

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