Who knew that today is Harriet Tubman Day? I just found out around 7:30 this morning.
“Harriet Tubman Day” was passed into law by the 101st Congress in 1990.
Do I even have to explain who Harriet Tubman was? Briefly, she was born into slavery in Bucktown, Maryland around 1820. She escaped from slavery in 1849 and began to lead more slaves to freedom as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. It is reported that she lead 19 groups of enslaved people, over 300 people, to freedom. She spoke out against slavery, and during the Civil War, she worked for the Union as a soldier, spy, nurse, scout, and cook.
According to http://www.harriet-tubman.org/women-rights-suffrage/, Harriet Tubman also worked for women’s suffrage.
Tubman believed in the equality of all people, black or white, male or female, which made her sympathetic to the women’s rights movement. Tubman’s role was not that of a leader but that of a strong supporter. As a woman who had fought for her own freedom and the freedom of others, Tubman set to work…by touring and giving speeches about her own experiences as a female slave and as the liberator of hundreds born under the bondage of slavery.. She toured New York, Boston and Washington speaking in favor of women’s suffrage rights.
She died at her home in Auburn, New York, on March 10, 1913
When I was a kid, I had a book about Harriet Tubman which I read repeatedly. It was written by Ann McGovern and called
From this book, I learned that Ms. Tubman was brave, braver than some of the men she was leading to freedom. She spoke her mind and protected the people for whom she had taken responsibility. Harriet Tubman was a true hero who put the needs of others before her own safety. She repeatedly risked her own new-found freedom and her very life to lead others out of slavery. Harriet Tubman was tough, and she was one of my earliest role models.
For a long list of books about Harriet Tubman, go here https://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&query=harriet+tubman.
Harriet Tubman is our foremother, an all-around strong woman. Let’s contemplate her and celebrate her today.