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November 26, 2022: Sojourner Truth Day

WHEREAS, Sojourner Truth was born a slave named Isabella in the late 18th century; and,

WHEREAS, after escaping the bonds of slavery, Sojourner Truth chose her new name and became a tireless advocate for freedom, equality, and economic opportunity; and,

WHEREAS, Sojourner Truth traveled the country to share her own story, to speak out against slavery, and to promote equal rights, social reform, and human justice; and,

WHEREAS, in 1858, Sojourner Truth settled in Battle Creek, Michigan, and started, among other actions, a job placement program for former slaves in the region; and,

WHEREAS, Sojourner Truth lived in Battle Creek until her death on November 26, 1883; and,

WHEREAS, in June 2005, Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm signed legislation officially designating November 26 as Sojourner Truth Day in the State of Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, 2022 marks the 18th annual recognition of Sojourner Truth Day in the State of Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, Sojourner Truth Day provides an opportunity to celebrate freedom and honor a heroic woman who fought to ensure all Americans benefit from liberty, dignity, and equality; and,

WHEREAS, it remains imperative that we continue to work towards a more equitable and just Michigan and ensure the joys of liberty, justice, and economic opportunity for every resident of our state;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 26, 2022, as Sojourner Truth Day in Michigan. We encourage all residents of the State of Michigan to celebrate the life and legacy of Sojourner Truth by continuing to promote diversity, equality, and community in our state.