We Are Harriet: Take a Walk, Join a Movement
Thousands of women and girls throughout the country will be walking in solidarity for 100 minutes, in their own neighborhoods, and at their own pace on Sunday, March 10, 2013 starting at 4:30 p.m. (EST) as a moving tribute honoring Harriet Tubman.
GirlTrek, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, will host its annual spring walking challenge to inspire Black women and girls to put their health first by simply walking. The 2013 “We Are Harriet” National Trek will kick off on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. as thousands of women and girls throughout the country will walk in solidarity to commemorate 100 years since the passing of Harriet Tubman. The Trek will be a “moving tribute” with 100 minutes of walking by participants in their own neighborhoods and at their own pace. This event will mark the beginning of an 8-week commitment by participants to live healthier, more active lives by walking 30 minutes a day, 5 days per week. Last year, over 10,000 trekkers walked with GirlTrek.
Today, Black women and girls face an unprecedented crisis. Black women are dying younger and at higher rates than ANY OTHER GROUP IN AMERICA—living 3.5 years less than the national average. Studies show that 1 in 2 Black girls born in 2000 will likely get diabetes; 4 in 10 Black high school students are overweight, and; 4 out of 5 Black women are over a healthy body weight leading to deadly diseases like heart disease, stroke and diabetes. However, these diseases are preventable with an adjustment in diet and incorporating just 30 minutes of walking per day. “Today, Harriet Tubman would not even recognize us. If she could walk to freedom, we can walk for our health,” said GirlTrek’s co-founder, Morgan Dixon.
Currently, GirlTrek has registered over 12,500 women and girls across 39 states to walk on March 10, 2013. GirlTrek encourages families, groups, and organizations to join the movement. There is no cost to register or to walk with GirlTrek. To register individually or as a group/organization visit