GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp

GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp

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GirlTrek’s epic 21-day walking meditation series to remember where we came from and to gather strength for the road ahead.We’re celebrating one Black woman and moments in history and using the story and lessons of our ancestors to help guide us throug


21: Total Victory with GirlTrek
Aug 31 • 58 min
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…
20: George Jackson and Black August
Aug 31 • 35 min
August 28, 1833: Slavery was abolished in the UK. August 28, 1955: 14-year-old Emmitt Till was murdered. August 28, 1963: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his iconic I Have a Dream Speech.August 28, 2005: Hurricane Katrina made landfall in…
19: Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement
Aug 28 • 60 min
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 BarakaOne month after Malcolm X’s assassination in…
18: The Harlem Hellfighters
Aug 26 • 34 min
“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,…
17: The Birth of Black Power - Stokely Carmichael
Aug 26 • 51 min
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…
16: The Black Patriot - Crispus Attucks
Aug 24 • 43 min
…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…
15: Queen Nanny Goes To War
Aug 21 • 45 min
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,…
14: Cécile Fatiman and the Haitian Revolution
Aug 20 • 44 min
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…
13: Wangari Saved Planet Earth
Aug 19 • 39 min
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…
12: Thomas Sankara Leads a Nation at 33
Aug 18 • 41 min
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…
11: Marcus Garvey Says Back To Africa
Aug 17 • 45 min
“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…
10: The Most Dangerous Negro in America
Aug 14 • 41 min
A. Philip Randolph was arrested in the streets for treason. He was a young man demanding rights for Black workers - or else. W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington agreed on one thing. They could not stand the “new radical negroes” like A. Philip…
9: Mary Church Terrell
Aug 13 • 43 min
An educator, writer, political campaigner, and activist. Today’s walk is dedicated to the bravery of Mary Church Terrell, a woman who played a central role in every major movement to advance the rights of Black people in this country, including…
8: Fastest Growing Religion in America
Aug 12 • 50 min
Can we talk about radical praise? Can we talk about transcendent faith? A Spirit that stretched from Africa to a tiny street in Los Angelos, California. Do. Not. Miss. Today! Take a praise break! I’m about to shout right now. God, I thank you for…
7: Nat Turner’s Rebellion
Aug 12 • 55 min
Today’s walk is dedicated to Nat Turner, the leader of the most famous slave uprising in the history of the United States.Nat Turner believed in signs and heard divine voices. On a summer night in August 1831, following a solar eclipse, Nat Turner, a…
6: Fannie vs. The President
Aug 10 • 41 min
“Mr. Chairman… my name is Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, and I live at 626 East Lafayette Street, Ruleville, Mississippi, Sunflower County, the home of Senator James O. Eastland, and Senator Stennis. It was the 31st of August in 1962…”And that’s how it…
5: Claudette Colvin - The Real Rosa Parks
Aug 7 • 39 min
Today’s walk is dedicated to Claudette Colvin and every Black woman who has ever felt invisible or who has ever been asked to labor on behalf of a movement that did not welcome or celebrate you. Thank you for your service and the way you show up for…
4: Roots - The Blackest Movie of All Time
Aug 6 • 45 min
ROOTS CHANGED EVERYTHING, PERIOD.Today’s 30-minute walk is dedicated to the exact moment that millions of Black people held their breath, waiting… “Your name is Toby! Now, what’s your name boy?” Beaten, drenched, but unbroken, he threw his head back…
3: Bree Newsome Snatches the Confederacy’s Wig
Aug 6 • 33 min
Today’s 30-minute walk is dedicated to a living legend, the fearless Bree Newsome Bass.On June 27, 2015, Bree Newsome committed one of the greatest acts of civil disobedience seen in our lifetime when she scaled the 30-foot flag pole on the grounds of…
2: James Baldwin Claps Back
Aug 4 • 31 min
It happened on a Thursday.February 18, 1965. The exact moment we fell in love with James Baldwin.It wasn’t because he was a boy genius who spent every day at the library. It wasn’t event his fiery church sermons as a teen or loving debates with Malcolm…
1: Harriet Tubman + The Raid on Combahee Ferry
Aug 3 • 42 min
On the night of June 1, 1863, Harriet Tubman arrived on a ship in South Carolina with 150 men ready for battle. She was the first woman to led an armed military operation in the United States, and what happened in South Carolina that night would…
The Victory Lap
Jul 2 • 35 min
We did it! We just wrapped up #BlackHistoryBootcamp. It’s been 21-days of life transforming lessons and walks courtesy of our foremothers. Over 100,000+ Black women and allies made a real change this month. Congratulations! Right now, all of the…
21: Octavia Butler
Jun 30 • 34 min
As we close out this 21-day series, and prepare for the next (yes, there is more of this goodness to come) we end not by looking back, but by looking forward as we examine the life and legacy of the extraordinary writer, Octavia Butler, a Black woman…
20: Ruby Dee
Jun 29 • 32 min
Ruby Dee was the zeitgeist of Black womanhood. She was our Ruth in Raisin in the Sun, our Queen in Roots, our Mother-Sister in Do the Right Thing, our Mama Lucas in American Gangster. Ruby Dee’s face, her soulful voice, her spirited laughter is the…
19: Mamie Till-Mobley
Jun 26 • 36 min
“Let the people see what I have seen.” Mamie Till-Mobley launched a movement with those words, insisting on an open casket funeral for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, who was brutally murdered by two white men in Mississippi. That strategic decision,…
18: Dovey Johnson Roundtree
Jun 25 • 32 min
No Black women were in the military? She changed that. No Black women were in law school at Howard? Bam. Now there are. Black women everywhere were forced to give up their seats on buses? Before the Freedom Rides or RFK could call a press conference, it…
17: Rosetta Tharpe
Jun 24 • 34 min
It makes sense to us that God would plant the blueprint of rock ‘n’ roll into the soul of a little Black girl born in a town called Cotton Plant. Sister Rosetta Tharpe sang music that was infused with the melodies of Black folks who understood loss and…
16: Stagecoach Mary
Jun 23 • 35 min
If John Henry has a folk song this woman needs one too! Introducing Stagecoach Mary a.k.a. Mary Fields a.k.a. Black Mary.At 60-years old she was the fastest person - man or woman - in the state of Montana to hitch a team of six horses to a coach. She…
15: Ida B. Wells
Jun 22 • 33 min
Born to enslaved parents, one year before the Emancipation Proclamation, Ida B. Wells was once considered the most famous Black woman in the United States. As a journalist, she spent her entire life tirelessly fighting to tell the truth and shame the…
14: Angela X
Jun 18 • 33 min
Why hasn’t someone made this into a movie!? Angola is the huge country below the equator on the west coast of Africa. That’s where it all started. …ground zero for the transatlantic slave trade. White missionaries, greed, exploitative trade, tech…
13: Lucille Clifton
Jun 17 • 30 min
Lucille Clifton was the GOAT. The fact that we are not all walking around quoting her like we do Jay-Z or Drake is beyond understanding. She could have stepped into a booth with either of them, holding a cup of chamomile tea, and whispered two bars…
12: Eartha Kitt
Jun 16 • 37 min
Orson Welles called her “the most exciting woman in the world.” And she was. Eartha Kitt sang in 11 languages. Danced with Katherine Dunham. Broke boundaries for Black women in Hollywood when she played Catwoman. She was nominated for Tony Awards,…
11: Marsha P. Johnson
Jun 15 • 37 min
Look, Marsha said she ain’t do it!Although legend has it that it was Marsha P. Johnson who threw a shot glass at police inside of the Stonewall Inn in NYC in 1969, as an act of resistance against the police who were there harassing patrons, Marsha later…
10: Esther Jones
Jun 12 • 34 min
“Baby Esther” was a phenomenal scat singer, and one of the most charismatic performers of her time. She was a trained dancer and acrobat. At 4-years-old, Russian-American theatrical manager Lou Bolton saw her performance and was blown away. “She’s a…
9: Zora Neale Hurston
Jun 11 • 31 min
If “I said what I said” was a person, it would be literary great Zora Neale Hurston. A writer. An anthropologist. The belle of the Harlem Renaissance. Unapologetically Black. A woman wholly committed to being herself. Today we talk about her life and…
8: Sojourner Truth
Jun 10 • 35 min
Forget what your 8th-grade teacher taught you.Sojourner Truth’s life was so juicy, so “say what!?,” that you cannot miss this live discussion. She is everyone’s favorite spiritual leader, yes. But did you know that Sojourner Truth bore the child of a…
7: Olive Morris
Jun 9 • 32 min
From London, by way of Jamaica, Olive Morris lived 27 years and she made every one of them count. She was Gangster with a capital G, organizing with the Black Panther Party Youth Collective, occupying empty and abandoned buildings to demand fair housing…
6: Nina Simone
Jun 8 • 32 min
Did you know Nina’s government name was Eunice Kathleen Waymon!? Us either. Here’s the story. She was at a nightclub singing, trying to protect her family’s good name. She started calling herself Nina and the rest is history. She became the voice of…
5: Toni Morrison + Breonna Taylor
Jun 5 • 33 min
Welcome to day 5 of GirlTrek’s Black History Bootcamp. As we celebrate the life of Breonna, we look to the words of literary giant Toni Morrison for comfort and direction. Toni Morrison refused to let Black women be invisible. Without apology she…
4: Georgia Gilmore
Jun 4 • 31 min
She was rowdy, fun, and made the best pork chops in town. Oh - and she single-handedly funded the Montgomery Bus Boycotts! Let’s get into it. Today’s walk is dedicated to the great Georgia Gilmore, a midwife, and mother of six. After hearing of Rosa…
3: Shirley Chisholm
Jun 3 • 30 min
Look. We have learned a thing or two from our mamas about turning pain into purpose. That’s why as primary elections kicked off across the country yesterday, we decided to dig into the crates and pull out everything we know about the woman who dared to…
2: Ella Baker
Jun 2 • 33 min
Listen ya’ll: We need this resistance training now! Last night, the military was deployed on peaceful protestors. So today, we are bringing out the GOAT…ELLA JO BAKER, the greatest organizer in Black History. There would be no March on Washington,…
1: Audre Lorde
Jun 1 • 33 min
Today’s 30-minute walk is dedicated to the brave and brilliant Audre Lorde. She argued that our very survival is political - that we were never meant to survive. As you walk, meditate on her idea of “radical self-care.” What would it look like if you…