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The Discovery Of Literacy In Sojourner Truth's 'Aint'

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I accept it as a morose thought, but I have come to think of literacy as a tool most significant to those who feel they cannot communicate with the world. This idea seems mundane, very far indeed from pessimistic, but you must understand that I am not speaking about individuals who are physically handicapped, but rather those who are depressed or emotionally stripped. It takes some literacy skills to write a poem about cold, dark depression and it takes even more skill to write your own suicide letter. With that being said, I do not wish to misguide you into supposing that I am somehow depressed or suicidal. In fact, I’d like to communicate that I found my literacy – my voice – at a time of confusion and pain and I believe it has helped me survive.
We are quite a comfortable generation. We are blessed with insurmountable advances in technology and a surplus of wealth that cushions us from the rest of the world. Yet, innovations
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You stumble upon it because it is useful and so you use it. When you learn its significance - either with age or maturity - you then reminisce and regret the actions stemming from earlier ignorance. I had my eye-opening moment before an audience. I was tasked to exercise my literacy skills by orally interpreting Sojourner Truth’s Aint’ I A Woman to 20 plus non-black listeners. The necessity arose from the yearning to make these individuals understand the plight of a slave mother. Her pain was never theirs, nor was her history. Yet her legacy was in my charge, and her story was mine to tell. Standing, should-width apart before these slightly bored and unimpressed spectators, I read. The reading; however, was not a simple regurgitation of words on a page. In those seven minutes, I traveled back in time, plowed and planted (cite poem), was beaten, gave birth to 13 children, had those children stolen from me, cried a mother’s grief, and implored God. At the end, I was not crying
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