What is Black History Bootcamp?

GirlTrek’s Black History Bootcamp Podcast is a 21-day walking meditation series to remember where we came from and to gather strength for the road ahead. We celebrate Black stories and the lessons of our ancestors to help guide us through these uncertain times. Sign up to receive updates and specially curated emails with survival tips, speeches + dedicated songs to listen to for each episode.

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Our Stories

Each episode of Black History Bootcamp is a conversation between friends on strategies of survival, self-care and joy that we can learn through the lives of from Black history makers. Through stories of the past, we piece together a blueprint to support the health and happiness of Black women.

Season 1 - The Foremothers

21 legendary and revolutionary Black women in history.

Season 2 - Acts of Resistance

21 powerful acts of resistance in Black culture.

Season 3 - The Prayer Edition

21 spiritual warriors who inspire us to keep the faith.

Season 4 - The Cosmonauts

21 Black women who dared to dream a new world.

Special Edition

Bonus episodes that pay tribute to special moments of significance and impact.

Meet the Hosts

Co-founders of Girltrek, the largest health movement and nonprofit for Black women and girls in the United States. Ten years ago, 2 college friends, T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, started a 10-week walking challenge that is now GirlTrek, a movement of 1 million Black women and counting.

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  • “Girltrek girltrekers have not only been my inspiration but somewhat my new found family and its great to join a sisterhood in today’s society where there’s division and hated so thick that it sickens my very soul. George Floyd, Brianna Taylor and one of our locals Cory Jones and countless others lost theirs, but through GirlTrek I’m regained my life, self worth and greater sense and respect for life. Thanks for being there for myself and many others # one million strong/one million proud and growing!!”

    Cassandra

  • “You Vanessa and Morgan and we all who walk with you. We don’t need celebrities, you bring the blessings of the ancestors celebrities who have given all Black’s women and families and all people hope and light forward. The simple work and joy of waking each day can change lives in health in emotions in knowledge in spirituality. Thank you always beautiful sisters!”

    Jacqueline

  • “I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the PRAYER EDITION Of GIRL TREK. I am a little sad because it’s day #2. I was already a Spiritual Warrior but NOW…..WOW. I love having the Podcast on Spotify. I share and Invite alot of my Sistas to join the Girl Trek family. I proudly wear my Girl Trek Blue attire… I am a better human being since joining last season (Resistance) Sending you love and blessings.”

    Gayle

  • “Oh my goodness, if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1000 times, GirlTrek’s Black History Boot Camp is so valuable. I know it’s not intended for me because I am white but I am just fueled by it every day. I love learning about the history of my Black fellow citizens. The links you provide in the emails are also invaluable.”

    Joanne

  • “Just wanted you to know how wonderful I think this program is. It is deep, and rich, and interesting, and inspiring. Thank you for allowing me the privilege to learn along with you.”

    Carol

  • “As I compose this email with tears in my eyes I want to say thank you. I thank God for you. For your vision, your tenacity, your diligence, determination, encouragement, feistiness, steadfastness, for everything you have within you that you have chosen to share with us. Today, October 17th, is actually my first day of the Spiritual Bootcamp. I participated in the first two bootcamps but my job has been so demanding that I have not remained committed to my commitment to walk at least 30 minutes a day for me. This makes my heart hurt because of that. Listening to the first day of the spiritual bootcamp has made me realize that I have to do this for ME.”

    Pam

  • “I just want to thank you for this Black History Bootcamp. I only discovered it a few weeks ago and I must say, it is a lifesaver. The stories have been a saving grace, especially on days when I feel the world pressing down on my back. I recently listened to the episode about Nina Simone, who happens to be one of my favorite singers. When you talked about the fear that black women feel, it clearly resonated with me.”

    Althea

  • ” I absolutely LOVE Girl Trek. I just started the 21 day Black History bootcamp last weekend. I’m on Day 7. You ladies are really terrific. I hope to meet you one day. Thanks for inspiring me. I appreciate listening and learning. It’s empowering. Reminds me that it’s never too late to use my voice and my gift.”

    Lylah

  • “I had to stop and say thank you! I received an email stating that you all would be walking and praying. You ask that we put in our request and I did! One of my prayer request was for a job. Now, I can’t tell it all but what I can say is I had been looking for along time. I was so frustrated and tired of filling out applications only to received rejection letter after rejection letter. Welllllllll…. after I put in my request, I literally had a job within days. It was unbelievable. Thank you for all that you ladies do in supporting others. I appreciate your concern and your presence. “

    Syville

  • “Maya has been my living and spiritual Mentor since I was 12 yrs old. I am now 65 and carrying her mantle every breath I breathe. Thank you for your carrying her too, on this Walk.”

    Andrea

About GirlTrek

GirlTrek is the nation’s largest public health movement serving Black women and girls.

GirlTrek unapologetically serves the needs and desires of Black women by inspiring and mobilizing Black women everywhere to put themselves first by practicing radical self-care through walking and spending transformative time in nature and the outdoors. With each walk, with each challenge, with each 30-minute commitment completed, GirlTrek is creating a movement, a revolution centered on self-love. With 1 million members and counting, GirlTrek is the most effective public health solution in the country.

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