A former slave, Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) traveled the country as a preacher, a voice against slavery, and an advocate for women's rights. She was considered by many to be one of the greatest orators of her time. Her speech "Ain't I a Woman?" given in 1851, challenged the women's rights advocates to include black women in their campaign for suffrage.
This stamp is part of the Black Heritage Stamp Series. Initiated in 1978, the USPS continues to issue a stamp featuring a notable Black American every February in conjunction with Black History Month and at other times during the year.