I am honored to include portions of Benjamin Lichtenwalner’s Black History Servant Leadership posts as features on Leadership Days (Wednesdays) of our Christians Celebrate Black History Series this month.
Ben is the Founder of Modern Servant Leadership, adviser to www.philanthropist.org, and Senior Manager of Internet and eCommerce at Whirlpool Corporation. The mission of Modern Servant Leadership is to spread servant leadership awareness, adoption, and action and these posts combine his passion for Servant Leadership and African American history.
I’m glad Ben took time to compile a list of several Black American servant leaders. His list is not comprehensive, but he does feature the life stories of Sojourner Truth, Harriet Jacobs, Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. Du Bois, Ralph Bunche, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I will only highlight a few of these servant leaders on my blog, so I encourage you to head over to Ben’s blog throughout the year to read the other stories. We can all learn from the examples of these servant leaders.
Today, I highlight the life and legacy of Sojourner Truth:
Born Isabella Baumfree, the African-American abolitionist & women’s rights activist gave herself the name Sojourner Truth to reflect her calling to travel and spread the truth. Born into slavery in New York, Truth escaped but was only able to take one child with her and had to leave a son behind. Later, she became the first black woman to win a court case against a white man when she reclaimed her son. Find out more about what Sojourner Truth did, read some of her quotes, and why she is a servant leader here.
“Religion without humanity is very poor human stuff.” – Sojourner Truth