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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Harriet Tubman, My Mentor in Spirit


February  is dedicated to honoring African Americans for their outstanding contributions to the world. My favorite heroine is Harriet Tubman, whom I believed had a very special intuitive gift.

Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in 1819 or 1820, in Dorchester Country, Maryland. Raised under harsh living conditions, Harriet learned early in life to be strong and believe in herself, so much so, she escaped from slavery to freedom in Canada. Harriet’s love for her family and others still held in slavery resulted in her returning to Maryland to lead over 300 people to freedom by the Under Ground Railroad.

Tales of her exploits leading able-body men, women, and children through perilous surroundings without losing one person are highly publicized. One may wonder how Harriet could outwit the patrols or slave hunters and their dogs that searched the woods and roads for runaway slaves. In many of the historical texts, Harriet is described as devoid of personal fear, shrewd, determined and courageous, all great qualities that aided her. However, little is mentioned revealing her special gift. A gift I believe helped Harriet to successfully accomplish her escapes to freedom not one time but many times.

As a child Harriet was hit in the head by a white overseer for refusing to tie up another slave who had attempted to escape slavery.  Due to this childhood injury, Harriet suffered Narcolepsy, a sleeping disorder. Harriet would fall asleep at any time and anywhere. Yet she and the other slaves were never apprehended or harmed while escaping to freedom. Harriet would actually threaten anyone with a gun who tried to return to slavery because of fear of the unknown.  I believe that Harriet had an unwavering faith in a Higher Power to take care of her and the others. When she felt into a sleep slumber, I imagine that Harriet listened to God who was her guide. Not only did she listen, she trusted the directions God gave her to overcome all obstacles in her path to freedom.

After her role as a champion for freedom, she served as a soldier, spy and nurse during the Civil War. Harriet a woman of no education and limited resources had a resounding fortitude of strength and the love of life and freedom--the qualities that really count. Who is your heroine or hero?