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Many African American women were highly active in the women's suffrage movement.
In the antebellum period, like Anglo women, many black women became active abolitionists and supporters of women’s rights. Sojourner Truth, a former slave, became famous as both an abolitionist and an advocate of woman suffrage. In 1851, [before slavery was even over for most blacks,] she made her famous speech, “Ain’t I A Woman,” at a convention in Akron, Ohio.
Other black women suffragists from this time period include Margaretta Forten, Harriet Forten Purvis, Ida B Wells, Mary Church Terrell, Nannie Helen Burroughs and Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Fannie Barrier Williams, Anna Julia Cooper