Our Legendary Ladies Presents: Harriet Tubman

  • Posted by: Altreneasha Ashley


Harriet Tubman stood for freedom. She was one amazing woman that all of our children should know and love.


Growing up I attended a predominately Black Preschool. In fact, every school I attended before college was predominately Black. I remember feeling a great sense of pride because of all of the things that were instilled in me about my ancestors and my culture. I remember exploring legends such as Queen Nefertiti, Martin Luther King, and of course, the great and heroic, Harriett Tubman.

As Maddi and I read Our Legendary Ladies Presents: Harriet Tubman, I was surprised at how many of the memories I had about exploring Harriet Tubman’s profound accomplishments. While serving as a Girl Scout we went on a trip to  South Carolina and on the way, we stopped at an old farm in Florida (I can’t remember where exactly, I’ve even Googled in search of it but I could not figure it out). Anyhow, while at this farm two things stuck with me. I learned how corn to take corn Kernel and grind them to make grits and cornmeal. Who knew?!  I was literally amazed at this as grits and cornmeal at my house both came in a bag, ha ha.

More impact fully, I remember “hiding” in one of the stops on the underground railroad. I remember placing my hands on the walls that my ancestors relied on for safety and security. I remember feeling claustrophobic as the space was smaller than coat closets. I remember wondering if I would have had the strength to follow Harriet to the “freedom land” or if I would have doubted that such an abstract thought even existed.  I remember feeling grateful for God sending Harriet to pave the way for my great-grandmother’s life as she was in her 90’s at the time, which ultimately led to my life being granted.   I remember making the decision to cherish this thought and vowing to “make something of myself” as many sacrifices were made by my ancestors so I can live a better life.

Our Legendary Ladies Presents: Harriet Tubman connected me to thoughts and feelings I’d forgotten years ago. It renewed my strength and planted a seed of challenge in Madison as it read “Using the gifts she was given and doing her own part, this legendary lady changed the world by following her own heart”.  The book  goes on to inspire the reader to follow in Harriet’s footsteps by following your heart as well. This Black History Month don’t forget to plant a seed of challenge in your little ones. We owe it to our ancestors. 

Disclaimer: I was provided this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Altreneasha Ashley
Author: Altreneasha Ashley

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