By Alyssa Garcia, Holy Redeemer Catholic School
Have you ever just stopped for a beautiful minute, looked up at the bright and shining stars above you all spread out in the dark night sky? But out of all those gorgeous stars, there is always that one unique star that shines the brightest, the constant star, the North star. Another star to me, is none other than Miss Araminta Ross, or better known as the special Harriet Tubman. I picture all those sparkly and shimmery stars as the slaves being held captive, waiting and shining as bright as they can for someone to notice them, someone to help them. Harriet Tubman, is that #1 most generous star, the star that shares its light and warmth to the other stars, and the star that guides them all to safety and a happily ever after, complete, together, and most of all, free. The North Star…a constant.
I always looked up to Harriet Tubman. A nonstop sense that something was so brilliant about her, that I felt no one else understood or possessed. Harriet Tubman was still a young teenager when she and her family were subjected to slavery. She was hit in the head at that time, by a heavy metal meant to be thrown at a runaway slave but it hit her instead. What I find so deeply glorious and meaningful about that fact, is how because of that incident, she began to have visions and dreams that she herself considered as signs from Jesus Christ our Lord. Just from the very beginning, Harriet Tubman was being called by God to be the ”Moses” of all people, to save God’s disciples, and to guide and lead them into pure and everlasting salvation.
There is noone else that resembles generosity, love, compassion, and courage, that I see in Harriet, for she went out of her way knowing she is in great danger, to save others. All those families and strangers. She is remembered for saving lives but also for reconnecting and reuniting so many broken and separated families.
The divine day that Harriet was able to escape she used the Underground Railroad. She continued to help fugitive slaves escape to free territories, leading them on a sacred and secretive journey to justice. In the ten years she had been “conducting” the Underground Railroad, she had aided and saved a total of 300 slaves, who named her “the great Moses” leading others from peril. Now here’s another fascinating fact about Miss Harriet Tubman, if anyone were to say they wanted to give up, stay behind, or even die, she pointed her thrifty handgun at them. She was not taking NO for an answer, and for them to realize that they are not alone, and that there is always hope. The stars don’t get any brighter than Harriet.
Harriet is mostly known for the usage of the Underground Railroad, but there is more. During the Civil War, she was a nurse and a cook. Her vast knowledge of local plants helped cure her “soldier patients” with dysentery. Caring for others was just naturally in her blood and nature and a trait that just couldn’t be hidden from the world.
Since forever ago, whenever I hear the word “generosity”, my immediate first thought is Harriet Tubman who will never deem any less important to me. I believe that she has truly inspired every single soul, to never let fear get in the way of doing what is right, not only for yourself, but for the sake of all. True North.