“I’m gonna be free or die.”- Harriet Tubman
Slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman is featured in new movie Harriet that shows her transformation into one of America’s greatest woman heroes. The film highlights Harriet Tubman’s journey as she escapes slavery only to return to the South repeatedly as a conductor known as “Moses.” The biographical film is the first major motion picture chronicling Tubman’s story since Cicely Tyson portrayed her in 1978’s A Woman Called Moses.
Tubman was an American political activist whose most known contribution to American civil rights is her rescue of slaves through the use of the Underground Railroad. Over the course of the 19th century Harriet Tubman freed hundreds of enslaved blacks. What many may not know is she also served in the army during the American Civil War as a spy for the Union and became an activist for women’s suffrage.
Due to her impact on history, Harriet Tubman has been continuously rewarded for her bravery and leadership. Following the years after her passing, Tubman became an American icon. She has inspired generations of African Americans struggling for civil rights and equality.
Focus Features’ website highlights the movie by saying, “Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.”
The cast includes actors such as Cynthia Erivo who plays Harriet, Janelle Monae, Leslie Odom Jr., Vanessa Bell Calloway, and Clarke Peters. The film made $3.9 million on its first day and as of November 5, 2019, the film has made $12,639,310 at the domestic box office.
Harriet was released November 1st and is now in theaters to be viewed. For more information on the movie and to view its official website, click here.