Women Are Celebrating The Legacy Of Harriet Tubman By Walking 100 Miles Along The Historic Underground Railroad
Ten women will trek from eastern Maryland to Delaware in five days.
March 08, 2018 at 2:24 pm
Black women from across the nation are coming together to honor the legacy of freedom fighter Harriet Tubman by retracing the historic Underground Railroad in a 5-day, 100-mile walk.
Health and wellness advocacy group Girltrek started their walk this Tuesday and plan to reach Delaware by Saturday. The team consists of 10 women from New Orleans, Sacramento and other places around the country. The team has walked 22 miles already on their first day, according to HuffPost.
Not only is this about honoring Tubman's bravery and courage in the face of white supremacy and oppression, but it is also about bringing awareness to black women's health.
GirlTrek co-founders T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison want black women to make their health a top priority by not being afraid to practice self-care.“We will show and prove that 2018 is about radical courage and unshakeable sisterhood,” Dixon said in a statement. “Harriet Tubman saved her own life first and then went back time after time to save the lives of others giving us the blueprint for the work GirlTrek does today.”
Dixon and Garrison started the organization in 2010; however, their first walk did not take place until 2013 on the 100th anniversary of Tubman's death. For eight years, the group has expanded with thousands of active participants wanting to improve their health.
“What would Harriet do?” [The question that launched the GirlTrek movement.] The answer? “Walk towards the light. Walk towards freedom. And when she learned the way, go back and get others.” Day 1 of our 100-mile walk along the Underground Railroad is officially complete. We pushed through pain and cold and self-doubt to walk 22-Miles. Tomorrow we’ll be back at it again. Send us love! #harrietsgreatescape #harriettubman #walk 📷: @taylorfreesolo
The team will document their journey using the hashtag #HarrietsGreatEscape.
“We believe that, as women, we are going to have to also liberate, one, ourselves and then come back and be examples and liberate our family,” Garrison said in a press release. “If Harriet Tubman could walk herself to freedom, we can certainly walk ourselves to better health.”
#GirlTrek can’t just talk the talk. We will show and prove that 2018 is about radical courage and unshakeable sisterhood. We’re walking the Underground Railroad. To reach 1 million Black women by 2020, we knew we needed to be even bolder and hold this unprecedented trek. Harriet Tubman saved her own life first and then went back time after time to save the lives of others giving us the blueprint for the work GirlTrek does today. This is radical self-care at its core. 10 Black women. 4 days. 100 miles. On foot. The journey begins on Tuesday, March 6th and culminates with GirlTrek crossing the Mason Dixon Line into Delaware on March 10th, #HarrietTubman Day and a public celebration. Follow the hashtags: #HarrietsGreatEscape #GirlTrek for the scoop.
One of the group's members, Theresa Thames, echoes the sentiments of other black women across the country by pointing out that black women are always helping others but never making time for themselves. This movement will hopefully change that.
“We’ve learned to be invisible even to ourselves,” Thames said in a video. “We’ll take care of everyone else, but we will neglect ourselves because that is the trauma. It’s the trauma of history and it’s the trauma of life.”