Inspiration Sunday - Harriet Tubman
Who inspires me?
Why do I love her? She walked the walk.
At the age of 12, Harriet refused to follow the orders of a slave owner who wanted her to assist him by helping restrain a man so he could be beaten.
She refused. She stood up to a white man and said "no".
She refused because it was the right thing to do. Unfortunately, as a result, she ended up sustaining a serious head injury that plagued her for the rest of her life, but I'm certain she would have made the same choice if she had to do it over again.
Harriett escaped slavery in Maryland. She was afraid of being sold off and separated from her family. But her husband (who was a free man) refused to leave with her. So she left with her brothers, but they became too scared to continue the journey and they returned. Finally, Harriet set out on her own knowing that the North star would lead her to freedom. She followed that star all night until she reached freedom in Philadelphia. Once free, she found a job and worked and saved so she could rescue her family and any one else who was also seeking freedom. She risked her freedom and her life for the sake of others.
She was so passionate about bringing people to freedom on the Underground Railroad that when her passengers tried to give up due to fear, she threatened to kill them.
She conducted over 300 people to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
When the Civil War started, she did whatever she could for the cause; she was a nurse, a cook and a spy.
I was probably eight or nine when I first read about Harriet Tubman. She was one of my first female heroes (after Nancy Drew). Her determination and courage really overwhelmed me (she sure put Nancy, girl detective, to shame). I thought she was amazing. I wanted to be just like her.
I admire her courage, her passion, her tenacity and her devotion to freedom.
We must never let Harriet Tubman get lost in the pages of history. No matter how many pages get added to the history books, she must not be forgotten, she was one of the greatest Americans who ever lived.
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