WHM-Harriet Tubman

The first entry for Woman’s history month is Harriet Tubman.  Harriet Tubman was an African-American abolitionist,  Nurse, Suffragette, Union Spy, and humanitarian.

330px-Harriet_Tubman_Civil_War_WoodcutHarriet was born a slave in Dorchester County, Maryland.  She was abused often in her youth, eventually receiving a blow to the head.  The head trauma would affect her for the rest of her life causing dizzy spells, epilepsy, blackouts, pain, and  hyposomnia(extreme drowsiness during the day)Today she would qualify for disability

At five or six Tubman was hired out to also watch a baby at a woman’s house, she would be whipped if the baby cried.  She was also hired to check muskrat traps in a swamp, despite having measles at one point.  Once she grew stronger she was used in the forest to haul logs and to work in the fields.

In 1940 Harriet’s father was freed when her master died, They technically were all free but the families their master hired them out to0 refused to follow his wishes and being black, Harriet  and her family couldn’t fight them.  In

In 1944 Harriet married John Tubman, free man.  Despite her husband’s status,  all their children would be slaves. At some point, Harriet got sick and her master tried to sell, a short time later her master died and his wife began selling off the other slaves.  This inspired  Harriet to run.

Harriet Used the underground Railroad, an escape network for slaves.  Instead of staying in relative comfort, Harriet became a conductor on the Underground Railroad.  She travelled by night using th North star, stopping at the homes of allies. She continued her rescues until 1860. .

In 1858 Harriet Tubman was introduced to John Brown, an abolitionist terrorist.  She helped him recruit for his raid on Harper’s Ferry, Virginia.  The raid failed and Brown was executed for treason.

After her retirement Harriet took in her elderly parents, people in need, and borders at her home in Auburn, Ny. Eventually, she fell and love married a bricklayer named Nelson Davis. Harriet eventually died after brain surgery of pnemonia.

BHM Feminism

One thing I’ve notices is I don’t see many feminists of color.

By feminist I’m not referring to the stereotype of women wanting special treatment and whining about perceived slights. I’m talking actual, equal  rights.

Black feminism became noticeably popular in the 1960s in response to lack of response to intersectionality. Intersectionality was coined by legal scholar Kimberle Crenshaw in 1989. It argues that sexism, class oppression, gender identity and racism are inextricably bound together.  Something I agree with as it seems like they feed on each other.

Some Famous black feminists are …

Alice Walker. Author of The Color Purple, Pulitzer Prize winner, Activist with Code Pink, an anti-war group,  participant in the Gaza Freedom March, Civil Rights Movement, 1963 March on Washington, Russell Tribunal on Palestine, 2011 Gaza Flotilla, which led to accusations of antisemitism, though her fight isn’t with the Jewish religion but the acts of the Israeli government.She also coined the term Womanism a social change perspective based upon the everyday problems and experiences of black women and other women of minority demographics.

Professor Patricia Collins First black woman to be president of the American Sociological Association(ASA) Her primary concerns is gender within the African American Community.She has authored many books, her best known is Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment,

Toni Cade Bambara a.k.a Miltona Mirkin Cade, author, professor, documentary film maker, activist. Her first book is Gorilla, My Love from there she wrote poetry, screenplays, other works of fiction, anthologies, academic papers. She also was a bog supporter of non-mainstream artists co founding Voices from the gap.  and Southern Collective of African-American Writers. She died of colon cancer in 1995 at the age of 56.

Laverne Cox best know for her roll as Sophia Burnset on Orange is the New Black. She has also been on Law and order SVU, Musical Chairs, Bored to Death, I Want to Work For Diddy, ect. She was the first black trans-person to direct and star in her own show, TRANSform Me. She speaks on trans rights and writes on current affairs for Huffington Post.

Bukola Oriola, Nigerian American journalist. She wrote Imprisoned: The Travails of a Trafficked Victim about her time as a slave.

These are just a few.  Who have you found inspiring.