(c. 1820 – 1913)
 
We’re celebrating black heroes who made history, but this woman needs no introduction. Harriet Tubman escaped slavery and became a leading abolitionist who led hundreds of slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad. 
 
Tubman was born into slavery and experienced great emotional and physical trauma from an early age. She was one of nine children, but the family was ripped apart as different family members were sold to distant plantations. She also experienced physical violence—so much that it caused her permanent injuries. Yet, in 1849, she was still able to flee North and escape slavery.
 
In 1849, she was still able to flee North and escape slavery.
 
Rather than remain safe in the North, Tubman made it her mission to rescue other slaves. Her father taught her how to gauge the weather, navigate the woods without making a sound, recognize the different birds, differentiate between edible and poisonous berries, and identify the plants and trees that had medicinal value—all skills she used to maneuver through the terrains as she helped free slaves. Between 1850 and 1860, despite great danger, Tubman made nineteen trips from the South to the North utilizing the Underground Railroad. 
 
From 1862 to 1865 during the Civil War, Tubman worked for the Union Army as a cook, nurse, armed scout, and spy.
 
From 1862 to 1865 during the Civil War, Tubman worked for the Union Army as a cook, nurse, armed scout, and spy. She was the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war, guiding the Combahee River Raid, which liberated more than 700 slaves in South Carolina.
 
Tubman said that God guided her as she rescued slaves. She became known as the “Moses of her people,” and it has been said that she never lost a fugitive she was leading to freedom. For this, and many other accomplishments, we should continue to celebrate her.
 
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Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.


At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.


Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.


Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.



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