Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Difficult Choices: Harriet Tubman

I have heard their groans and sighs, and seen their tears, and I would give every drop of blood in my veins to free them.Harriet Tubman

On Sunday Ms. Valeri spoke with the congregation about Harriet Tubman and the difficult choices she faced in her life.  

As we enter Black History Month this February, you may want to take some time in your family to learn more about the history of fellow Marylanders like Harriet Tubman.  

There are many good books about this hero of the Underground Railroad, including the ones Ms. Valeri shared with us:

While you're waiting for the books to arrive in the mail, or on your way to the library, Baltimore's own Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture is conveniently located right downtown and offers a wonderful opportunity to deepen one's understanding.

Snowed in?  Check out some of the great web resources about the life of Harriet Tubman at Scholastic's Underground Railroad website or Harriet Tubman.com.

By committing herself to her deepest beliefs in the value of human life and human freedom, Harriet Tubman saved many lives.  Though you will hopefully never have to put your life on the line for what you believe in, we all make choices in our daily lives that support or contradict our values.  What is it that you value?  What actions do you take in your life to put those values to work?  

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