With a life that encompassed many intersections, Harriet Tubman articulated a robust type of spiritual agency eloquently evident in her numerous walks between northern and southern United States to free as many of her people as possible. Tubman did what was considered the impossible, and became known as the Conductor – the most famous of freedom fighters on the Underground Railroad. Tubman’s Black, female, disabled body offered more resistance to enslavement and captivity than the society at the time could image or bargained for and her fierce determination to safe her own and the lives of her people made her a legend in her own time. Having lived a life of courage and audacious hope, Tubman passed to the realm of the ancestors at (+/ -) ninety-three years old. Tubman’s enduring legacy now inspires twenty-first century activists in their hunger for freedom from new manifestations of enslavement infrastructures wreaking havoc on the lives of African Diaspora peoples in and outside the borders of the United States.
Today, March 10, 2019, on the 106th anniversary of Tubman’s death, African Diaspora women everywhere (and those who love, respect, and honor them) are invited to take walk to reduce and ultimately eliminate the clutches of early death that plague Black women in the United States and elsewhere. Take a walk to reduce stress, cardio vascular diseases, cancer, auto-immune diseases, diabetes, mental health challenges, and isolation. Take a walk to find your wild side, your labyrinth of peace, your inner divine, your way to Grace, your deep mission, your love for self and others. Take a walk to hold the hand, heart, and/or peace of someone else. Take a walk to find yourself, care for yourself, be yourself, to remind yourself that you and your community have spiritual agency and a fierce drive for freedom. Join GirlTrek on their mission to have one million women walking by 2020. It’s a matter of your life!