November 1, is the premiere of “Harriet” the first big-screen movie about Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman is my hero, and I cannot find any reason to be upset about this movie. When I see the movie, I will have comments I know. I expect to be pleased. There are YouTube discussions and Tweets that are negative to the movie before it even is available to view by the public. The movie critics are mixed. Some focus on the directing, the script, all applaud Cynthia Erivo’s portrayal of Harriet. To me, this movie is a defining moment in American history and culture. Over the last 20 years, I have rallied the public about the many virtues of Harriet Tubman’s stories as I portrayed Harriet Tubman in my program, “A Visit with Harriet Tubman.” My book, “30 Lessons in Love, Leadership, and Legacy from Harriet Tubman”, is an example of some of what I have learned from her through her stories. Harriet Tubman’s legacy is a demonstration of LOVE in action. Think about it, after escaping from “the hell” of slavery, would you go back? I don’t think I am brave enough to go back 13 times. When Harriet Tubman realized what Freedom felt like, she could not live in peace while her family was still living as slaves. Who could not benefit from knowing the motives behind her heroic acts? LOVE! Our children, teens, and adults should see this movie and then read more about Harriet Tubman. Yes, there are some myths, I even have corrections in my book about how many people she actually rescued. That is why we need to read biographies like Kate Clifford Larson’s book, Bound for the Promised Land, Harriet Tubman, Portrait of An American Hero.
I encourage you to go to see the movie, then come back to www.harriettubmanstore.com blog and tell me what you think.
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