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The Spirit of Harriet Tubman

Within all of us exists the spirit of Harriet Tubman. In many instances, we rise to a challenge much the same way as did Harriet Tubman when she was leading slaves through the treacherous Underground Railroad. But, few men or women in history have risen to the level of achievement that was truly exemplified by the sacrifice, life and spirit of Harriet Tubman.

Harriet Tubman (far left) with one of many families she helped to escape.In modern time, the historic March on Washington in 1963 and the Martin Luther King's 'I Have A Dream' speech was one such moment in American and world history. Within the riveting moment in time, on that hot summer afternoon that many view as the defining moment not only for the black American experience in seeking the ideals of Freedom, but for persons seeking the "unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" throughout every town and hamlet in the world. Martin Luther King's words echoed the Spirit of Harriet Tubman when she had spoken over a hundred and twenty five years earlier of 'reaching the Promised Land of Canada' where all the slaves were free. When Harriet Tubman was leading the slaves to freedom and they all feared for their lives, Harriet Tubman would start singing and her words of song were as eloquent and meaningful as would Martin Luther King's be a Century and a quarter later.

I'm on the way to Canada, That cold and dreary land, De sad effects of slavery, I can't no longer stand; I've served my Master all my days, Without a dime reward, And now I'm forced to run away, To flee de lash, abroad; Farewell, ole Master, don't think hard of me, I'm traveling on to Canada, where all the slaves are free.

The Spirit of Harriet Tubman truly lives in all of us.

 
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