Dr. Bernadine Ahonkhai
Mar 1, 2022
Women's History Month - 2022
The Coalition for Racial Equity and Social Justice (The Coalition4Justice) celebrates Women’s History Month by honoring two African American icons - Harriet Tubman and Michelle Obama.
Harriet Tubman, born Araminta "Minty" Rose in Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and later escaped to Philadelphia. Tubman returned to Maryland at least thirteen times to lead seventy enslaved family members and friends to freedom along the Underground Railroad, a network of routes and safe houses, established and operated by Back and white abolitionists that spanned three states.
On Tubman’s bicentennial anniversary, the Coalitin4Justice celebrates and honors her strength, tenacity, courage, and resilience to achieve what many might have thought impossible. Harriet Tubman, a Union spy, and nurse was also the first United States woman to lead an armed military raid during the Civil War. A life-long activist and advocate for social justice and equality, she joined with Susan B. Antony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to fight for women’s rights. Tubman established the Tubman Home for Aged and Indigenous Negroes in 1908 and took in and cared for battered women and children.
Harriet Tubman’s face is on US $20 bill and two national parks in Auburn, New York and Dorchester County, MD are named after her.
Michelle Obama, raised in South Side, Chicago, is the first African American FLOTUS of the United States, accomplished lawyer, and best-selling author.
Mrs. Obama’s strength, positive attitude, and warmth during her term as America’s first lady from January 2009 through 2017. She served as a role model for women and worked as an advocate for poverty awareness, quality education for all children, nutrition, healthy eating, and physical activity. She fought against childhood obesity and championed the education of young girls. Her three primary initiatives as First Lady were - "Let’s Move", "Rich Higher", "Let Girls Learn", and "Joining Forces".