Janell Hobson (at podium) introducing session, "What Would Harriet Do? A Legacy of Resistance," March 8, 2013, featuring (left to right) Barbara Smith, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, and Paula Giddings. (Photo by Aishah Shahidah Simmons) | Videos of Session (see below). |
100 Years Later: The Harriet Tubman Symposium
By Janell Hobson (March 10, 2013)
We don't know the exact date when the great and powerful Harriet Tubman (ca. 1820-1913) came into this temporal world, but we do know when she left it. One hundred years ago on this day, Harriet Tubman exhaled her final breath and spoke her last words to those at her side: “I go away to prepare a place for you, and where I am ye may be also.”
Another great legend had entered this world just one month earlier: Rosa Parks, who was recently memorialized as the first African American woman with a monument in the Capitol Rotunda. A century ago, one legend was born just before another one died.
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