Q&A with Sojourner Marable Grimmett on Name Curator
1) Is there a story (that you’ve been told) about where your name comes from?
I was name after Sojourner Truth. She was born an American slave in 1797 and later became an abolitionist, preacher and advocate for women’s rights.
2) What does your name mean to you? Do you think you have a great name?
I think I have a wonderful name. I would want no other name, and believe that my names fits me perfectly. My parents, Dr. Manning Marable and Hazel Ann Harris instilled in me at a very young age the importance and significance of my name. When battles come my way, my mom will say, “You were given your name for a reason. What would Sojourner Truth have done?”. My father was a historian and oftentimes reminded me that I have a very powerful name. He would say, “Speak Truth to Power, Kiddo. That’s why I named you Sojourner.”