Sojourner Truth Speaks for Civil Rights lesson uses primary sources to challenge students to identify the mission of Sojourner Truth. By analyzing the first day cover (an envelope containing a commemorative stamp honoring Sojourner Truth with an appropriate postmark and artwork depicting her life) and two speeches, students will conclude her efforts were tied to the abolitionist movement and the civil rights movement after the Civil War. Sojourner spoke out against slavery and spoke for giving rights to women. If anyone was to speak and push for the rights of "colored women" in the Reconstruction Era, it was Sojourner Truth. The first speech was given in 1851 at the Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio and the second given in 1867 at the American Equal Rights Association convention. Teachers can help students answer the basic who, what, where, and when by analyzing the first day cover images and then dig deeper into the two speeches to discover the why and how that explains Sojourner Truth's mission.