The Ain’t I A Woman Live Event
The “Ain’t I A Woman?” Live Event is an original music, storytelling and fashion experience ready to light up your next Women’s Event. It is inspiring and empowering for women on many fronts.
Kimberly will share true stories of brave women in the Bible who had power moments that might surprise you. Among these women were a housewife, a judge, a prostitute, a queen, a pregnant teenager, and a widow.Though all lived in different circumstances, they had one important thing in common. They were willing and open to take bold risks when the situation called for them to do so. They saved lives, took lives and brought forth new lives that would change history.
It is encouraging to think that WE could be these women. They are not so very different from us. What might these women be like today as modern women? What might they be wearing? With help from CAbi stylists your women are able to see some fabulous CAbi clothes that highlight these women’s strengths. These will be modeled by women from your women’s group.
The lyrically-rich, original music of Kimberly Cummins sets the stage with tunes that deeply inspire and touch a woman’s heart. The finale is the upbeat and liberating anthem, “Ain’t I A Woman?” and is choreographed to include and showcase the beautiful models from your group!
Inspiration Behind Ain’t I a Woman?
Sojourner Truth (c.1797-1883) was born into slavery in Ulster County in New York State and named Isabella. Before slavery was abolished in New York in 1827, she was sold to a master named Van Wagenen, who set her free. She moved to New York City, where she worked as a domestic and became involved in evangelical activities.
By 1843, she renamed herself Sojourner Truth and began to travel across the country as a religious missionary. A riveting speaker, she preached and sang and called on people to accept the Word of God and the brotherhood of man. Her message was a mixture of religion and abolitionism, and after she discovered the women’s rights movement, of feminism as well.
In 1850, Sojourner Truth attended the first National Woman’s Rights Convention in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she was the only black woman. The following year, Sojourner Truth attended the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron; many participants objected to her presence, fearing that the feminist cause would get mixed up with the unpopular abolitionist cause. As Sojourner Truth rose to speak, there was a hiss of disapproval. But when she finished, there were “roars of applause” from the audience.
Ain’t I A Woman Speech
“Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that ‘twixt the Negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what’s all this here talking about?
That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm. I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could heed me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man–when I could get it–and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen them most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?
Then they talk about this thing in the head; what’s this they call it? (Intellect, someone whispers.) That’s it honey. What’s that got to do with women’s rights or Negro’s rights? If my cup won’t hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn’t you be mean not to let me have my little half-measure full?
Then that little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, ’cause Christ wasn’t a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.
If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.
Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain’t got nothing more to say.
Looking around at all the women could have been intimidating, but the fashion show was a celebration of beauty, power and the value of every woman. The experience highlights the fact that we all get to contribute. The same is true in everyday life. There would be no show if only one woman walked the runway. We all have a part to play. The question then becomes, ‘What’s my part?’”
At first, when Kim told me that I would be a modern day queen Esther, I was shocked. I am currently going through a difficult time in my life and actually have gone through a lot of not so proud moments in my life, so I didn’t feel qualified or worthy enough to portray her in any way. I was so nervous. However, that changed when I walked out on stage as a queen. It gave me confidence and reminded me that I am a qualified woman of God. I am worthy. At the end of the day, I walked away with a greater confidence in myself and a boldness to walk confidently into whatever plan God has for me. This experience reminded me that he doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called. Thank you, Kim, for this opportunity and for thinking of me. I had a lot of fun and was blessed by it.Lala
I was very nervous to do it all the way from trying on clothes to going on stage. But the fact that we were all feeling the same took the pressure to perform off as well as you just allowing us to be us!! Thanks for the opportunity to be a blessing and to be in the beginnings of what could be a life changing opportunity for many more women. Maybe not so much the character we got but the strength we received as a group of women coming together and encouraging one another and working together as a team…even for a few hours!!! Thanks for the fun day!!! And the encouraging words!!Stephanie