“God’s time is always near. He set the North Star in the heavens; He gave me the strength in my limbs; He meant I should be free.” – Harriet Tubman
The story of Harriet Tubman was one, growing up in central Illinois went something like this. Harriet Tubman was a slave that led people to freedom. In college in the 70’s we learned of her strength and determination to lead enslaved people north to freedom and she left no one behind. I ‘m not sure what our youth of today are learning about her but if we make sure they see the movie HARRIET, they will get a strong idea of who this amazing woman was.
Cynthia Erivo portrays Minty the enslaved woman who changes her name to Harriet Tubman once she is free. She embodies Harriet and plays the many levels of this courageous woman. When she goes back south to get other enslaved people she sings “Go Down Moses” chills went through me. Sitting in that theater, eating my popcorn I stopped to wonder how many of my ancestors may have heard her voice and did any of them follow her to freedom.
There are many performances that stand out. Janelle Monáe plays Marie Buchanon, the woman who ran a boarding house for slaves that made their way north. She too is a woman of strength and courage. She was born free but puts her life on the line to help others.
At the end, Kasi chose to show the famous photograph of Harriet Tubman sitting on a chair and lists her accomplishments. There are so many that I didn’t know. Tears began to roll down my cheeks because of the pride in my heart.
HARRIET is a film to take your upper age children to see. I would say 8 on up. It should spark conversation and is perfect time to reinforce our strong, unapologetic history.
Someone asked me if it will make them mad to watch this film. I have never been ashamed of my past or what my ancestors endured to make sure I can be here today. To realize that this woman without education of any kind could lead hundreds of people to freedom and not lose one. Was a spy during the civil war for the Union, and she was also the first woman in American history to lead a military expedition. Make you mad? No, it should make you proud.
I give HARRIET 3 Winks of the EYE out of 4.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”- Harriet Tubman
Until next time keep your EYE to the sky!!!