Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride
There are many fine biographies about freedom fighter Sojourner Truth. We looked upon the creation of this book as an opportunity to show Sojourner in a new way —to celebrate her monumental size and how this impacted her influence in moving the cause for equality forward.
The book’s opening narrative — SHE was big. SHE was black. SHE was SO beautiful ― sets the tone.
Sojourner Truth was six-feet tall, with big feet. Her towering young “size twelves” metaphorically stomped out injustice: “Freedom meant putting her foot down for what she knew was right. . . She gave her slave name the boot, and called herself Sojourner Truth”
Sojourner’s Ain’t I a Woman? speech is punctuated by her fists’ repeated “Bam! Bam! Bam!”
Watercolors, in washes of ochre and slate blue contoured in inky black, utilize a dry-brush technique to depicting Truth’s hardscrabble youth and unyielding commitment to justice.
Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Disney/Jump at the Sun, 2009.