Resistance | Day 21 | Total Victory with GirlTrek

Something powerful. Energetic. A seismic shift in consciousness. While the world unraveled around us, we walked and trained like an army. Studying the 21 most powerful acts of Black resistance. And in that discipline, something was fortified inside each and every one of us. In the words the great Chadwick Boseman, who transitioned to be […]

Resistance | Day 19 | Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement

The artist’s role is to raise the consciousness of the people. To make them understand life, the world and themselves more completely. That’s how I see it. Otherwise, I don’t know why you do it. – Amiri Baraka One month after Malcolm X’s assassination in February 1965, the highly respected writer LeRoi Jones, who would […]

Resistance | Day 18 | The Harlem Hellfighters

“Oh Captain, My Captain.” Remember The Dead Poets Society? The movie with Robin Williams? He took his students into the hallway to study vintage photos of long-gone students. “Can you hear them talking to you?”, he asked. “If you lean in real close, and listen, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Seize […]

Resistance | Day 17 | The Birth of Black Power – Stokely Carmichael

Walking has always been used as a tool for social change. In early June of 1966 James Meredith, who had become the first Black man to attend the University of Mississippi, set out to walk from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, a distance of more than 200 miles, to promote Black voter registration and protest […]

Resistance | Day 16 | The Black Patriot – Crispus Attucks

…one little sentence tells us all we need to know about this man. In a letter, his sister said this…”If they had not killed Cris, Cris would have killed them.” Don’t you ever get it twisted. Crispus Attucks started The American Revolution. And today’s conversation is about his murder. This convo could not be more […]

Resistance | Day 15 | Queen Nanny Goes To War

Today’s walk is dedicated to a political organizer, military strategist, and master of guerrilla warfare, the one and only Queen Nanny of Jamaica. A woman who guided her people through an intense period of fighting against the British. From Queen Nanny, we learn the art of resistance. Get ready to take notes. Queen Nanny was […]

Resistance | Day 14 | Cécile Fatiman and the Haitian Revolution

We are the #daughtersof Cécile Fatiman a Haitian Voodoo Priestess who literally conjured a revolution. Her warrior blood runs through our veins. Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers – themselves root-workers and prayer warriors – were women who learned the art of spiritual warfare from women like Cécile. That’s why we are so excited to introduce her […]

Resistance | Day 13 | Wangari Saved Planet Earth

Once upon a time, Wangari Maathai saved Planet Earth. When people say they want to “diversify” the environmental movement, I cough on the arrogance. Black women, indigenous women, and women of color around the globe are saving the planet. Like, right now. Like this actual second. Planting, cultivating, harvesting, carrying, selling, cooking, composting, turning over […]

Resistance | Day 12 | Thomas Sankara Leads a Nation at 33

They killed him. The official death report said natural causes but in a recent exhumation, his young body was riddled with bullet holes. Thomas Sankara was a folk hero. He championed the people over the powerful. He encouraged newspapers to tell the truth and – in an act of solidarity during his presidency – sold […]

Resistance | Day 11 | Marcus Garvey Says Back To Africa

“Go back to Africa” They meant it as an insult. He meant it as a rallying cry. Today’s walk and history lesson is dedicated to the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Some might call him the original African giant. Black, proud, and preaching the gospel of self-determination, Marcus Garvey hailed from St. Ann’s Bay Jamaica. The […]