Embracing Educational Tributes: Honoring Black History Month!

The photo was taken with two performers from the Musical Center for educational purposes.

Embracing Educational Tributes: Honoring Black History Month

Dr. Soraya Fallah
Feb 2024
This month marks Black History Month, a time dedicated to celebrating the achievements and contributions of African Americans throughout history. Inspired by the spirit of this commemoration, I have decided to write a letter to Harriet Tubman. Here's why:
In Black History Month, people often find themselves drawn to the captivating stories of figures like Harriet Tubman. Tubman, an iconic figure in African American history and the broader narrative of civil rights and social justice, embodies resilience, bravery, and the relentless pursuit of freedom. Her life story serves as a beacon of inspiration, particularly within the Black community.
Writing letters to Tubman during Black History Month serves multiple purposes. Firstly, it acts as an educational tribute, shedding light on Tubman's remarkable life and her significant contributions to history. By delving into her struggles, triumphs, and the profound impact she had on society, individuals not only honor her legacy but also deepen their understanding of the importance of her work.
Moreover, Tubman's story sparks inspiration and prompts reflection on the progress made in the ongoing struggle for civil rights and social justice. Her unwavering courage and determination in the face of adversity serve as a powerful reminder of the resilience required to overcome challenges. Individuals find solace and motivation in Tubman's story, drawing parallels to their own struggles and finding strength to persevere.
Writing letters to Tubman also fosters a connection to history, allowing individuals to engage with the past and honor the sacrifices made by those who fought for equality. During Black History Month, which serves as a dedicated time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of African Americans, such acts of remembrance carry special significance. They serve as a testament to the enduring legacy of individuals like Tubman and their role in shaping the course of history.
Furthermore, Tubman's story underscores the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. By recognizing her contributions during Black History Month, individuals promote these values and advocate for a more just and equitable society for all. Tubman's fight for freedom resonates across generations, highlighting the universal struggle for equality and the need for solidarity in the pursuit of social justice.
As we continue the ongoing struggle for equality and justice, Tubman's story remains a timeless reminder of the power of resilience, courage, and the unwavering pursuit of freedom.
Here read my letter:
Dear Harriet Tubman,
I am compelled to write to you as your story has made history, evoking tears and bringing about a happy ending. I write to you with profound admiration for your courageous spirit and unwavering dedication to the fight for freedom and equality. Your story embodies the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, resonating with people from all walks of life.
Recently, I had the privilege of witnessing your story being told by two beautiful performers on the stage of a school. As I watched the performance, tears streamed down my face, and I felt a profound connection to your struggle and your legacy. Those tears were a testament to the significance of your struggle and the importance of ensuring that future generations hear your story. Your fight was meaningful, and it continues to inspire and resonate with people of all backgrounds.
In the Kurdish struggle for justice and freedom, we have faced similar injustices and tyranny as those you fought against during your lifetime. Like you, we have endured oppression and discrimination, and we continue to strive for our rights and dignity as a people.
Your story resonates deeply with me and countless others in the Kurdish community. Your bravery in leading enslaved individuals to freedom via the Underground Railroad is a powerful example of the resilience, determination, and compassion needed to overcome oppression.
You have embarked on a journey with a vision that was not always clear. Despite uncertainties and doubts, you founded an agency to advocate for the rights and dignity of your people. That reminds me that we must have a courageous step into the unknown, driven by a burning desire for justice and freedom.
You reminded me that even individual acts of courage can change history. Your unwavering determination to fight for what is right, even in the face of great danger, has shown me the power of individuals to make a difference; we all matter. Your example has inspired me to believe in the potential of every individual to create positive change in the world.
Your legacy is not just in the actions you took during your lifetime but also in the countless ways your story continues to inspire and resonate with people worldwide. Those who tell your story, whoever creates song and sings your story, performs in schools, creates films, paints your likeness—they are all part of your legacy. They keep your spirit alive and ensure that your message of courage and resilience continues to inspire future generations.
I am inspired by your example to continue the fight for justice and equality, to speak out against oppression, and to work towards creating a more just and equitable world for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, or background. I want to share that the fight for freedom is never over. I stand alongside millions of others for "Woman, Life, Freedom/ Jin, Jiyan, Azadi." I believe that freedom is social justice, it is human rights, it is fundamental rights, not privilege. Your struggles have reminded me that through perseverance and unity, we can overcome even the most formidable challenges.
Thank you, Harriet Tubman, for your extraordinary courage, sacrifice, and dedication to the cause of freedom. Your legacy will forever live on as an inspiration to us all.
With deepest respect and solidarity,
Dr. Soraya Fallah

Would you like to learn about Harriet Tubman in Britannica


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