SATURDAY WAKE UP CALL ......
Topic: What Does It Take to Be Free?
I woke up this morning and found the Google search engine with an image of Harriet Tubman in the Google Doodle. I wondered why because I knew it wasn't her birthday; that's in March. Then I remembered that today is February 1st -- the beginning of Black History Month. Who better to depict at the beginning of this month than Araminta Ross -- aka Harriet Tubman.
For those who don't know, Haarriet Tubman was born a slave in 1819 or 1820 in the USA. She liberated herself in 1849 by running away from the one who claimed to own her. She returned to slave territory to lead hundreds of slaves to freedom, often helping them escape to Canada in mid-Winter under unbelievable conditions. She never lost a "passenger" and no one was ever captured and returned to slavery.
Ahe also served as a spy during the Civil War, and some believe that many Union Army battles would have been lost if it were not for her courage and prowess.
When you read her biography and read her own words about her exploits, something takes shape: an understanding of what it takes to be free.
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