5 Black Women Who Changed The Course Of The World’s History
September 25, 2020 378
black women are rarely applauded for their heroic acts, history cannot be
recounted without remembering the significant achievements of some black women
who impacted the world, with brave acts that would lead to global progress and
1. HARRIET TUBMAN
Harriet Tubman was born a slave, she worked as a cook, spy, cleaner, nurse, and scout during the American Civil War. It is accounted that as a child, she had a head injury which resulted in hallucinations and vivid dreams, but she, however, became more spiritual and courageous after the trauma.
Harriet Tubman who was originally named Araminta “Minty” Ross, changed her name after she escaped from slavery. Harriet Tubman showed great courage in many ways than one, and sure deserves accolades, and should have a firm place in the global hall of fame.
She didn’t only free herself of slavery, in the early 19th century, she helped several other African-American slaves to escape slavery by planning and executing a movement which was embraced by many abolitionists and has today been named “The Underground Railroad”. She also made her home and garden available to all who had need of it. Her courage and will is one that brought about a shift in history and must be applauded as such.
2. THE FORTEN WOMEN
These women supported the abolitionist movement materially and intellectually. Their names were Charlotte Forten, mother, Sarah Forten, daughter, Magaretta Forten, daughter, Harriet Forten, daughter and Charlotte Forten, granddaughter, through three generations of women from the Forten family, they were committed to humanity and civil rights.
They organized public lectures, informational fairs, and helped slaves who were escaping in several ways. In their honor, the Quaker poet, John Greenleaf Whittier, wrote a poem, titled, “To the daughters of James Forten”.