Join Girltrek’s Harriet Tubman Walking Challenge

Credit: "Portrait of Harriet Tubman," Courtesy of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University

Credit: “Portrait of Harriet Tubman,” Courtesy of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University


On March 10, 1913, almost 100 years ago, Harriet Tubman passed away at the age of 93. In remembrance of the impact Harriet made on African-American life and history, Sister Source is pleased to join GirlTrek’s 2013 walking campaign. The GirlTrek 2013 campaign will be a grand celebration of Harriet’s life!

On Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. (EST), 10,000+ Black women and girls across the nation will walk 100 minutes in solidarity in honor of Harriet Tubman. In this “moving tribute” trekkers will carry a backpack to symbolize the daily emotional and mental anguish that will no longer hinder them from achieving overall health and wellbeing.


If Harriet Tubman could walk to freedom, we can walk to better health!


I invite you to join the Sister Source Team to walk in honor of Harriet on Sunday and to make a commitment to improve your health!


Senior woman on walk


“The We Are Harriet Tribute is the first step in kicking off a healthier life. I will walk 100 minutes – THEN, I will join thousands of women across the country in completing the 8-week walking challenge! Starting the following Monday, we will walk 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week for 8 weeks straight. I will remember Harriet Tubman’s courage and determination as I walk and use that to push me to the finish line!”

I know we all have really good reasons why we don’t exercise daily. Most of the time I am so tired that it takes all the energy I have just to make it upstairs and climb into bed. But as I think about the fact that Harriet walked nearly 100 miles to free slaves, I KNOW I can do better.

So join me on Sunday, March 10th and walk 100 minutes to begin a life change to take better care of your health. As you know Sister Source exists to give voice to the issues that are important to women of color. Our collective health is in serious jeopardy! If we are to raise our voices and mobilize to change our communities we must be fit in mind and body.

By the Numbers…

  • 1 in 2 Black girls born in 2000 will likely develop diabetes
  • 40 percent of Black high school students are currently overweight.
  • 80 percent of Black women are overweight; researchers predict that nearly 100 percent of Black women will be overweight by 2034 unless diets and activity levels improve.
  • 150 minutes of walking per week and losing just 7 percent of your body weight can reduce your risk of diabetes by 58 percent and reduce the risk of a heart attack by 35 percent.

Click here to learn more about GirlTrek and their awesome campaign to “rally one million – active Black women and girls by 2018 to address the health crisis in African-American communities.”

Please join the Sister Source Team today! See you on the walking trails!

Sister Stephanie

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