A Must-Watch TedTalk: GirlTrek Founders, T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison

In a recent TedTalk that blew us away, T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, founders of the nonprofit GirlTrek, showed the world the power, brilliance and sincerity behind their national health movement that activates thousands of Black women to be change makers in their lives and communities — through walking. GirlTrek is on a mission to reduce the leading causes of preventable death among Black women — and build communities in the process. How? By getting one million women and girls to prioritize their self-care, lacing up their shoes and walking in the direction of their healthiest, most fulfilled lives. 

Watching their TedTalk gave us chills. T. Morgan and Vanessa exuded passion and purpose, explaining how their movement is building momentum one step at a time. During the 15-minute talk, these fearless change makers paid homage to abolitionist and humanitarian, Harriet Tubman, who, according to Vanessa Garrison, was "arguably the baddest freedom fighter this world has ever seen." We concur.

We are Harriet and we know that there is a Harriet is every single community in America. We also know that there is a Harriet in every community across the globe that can learn from our Tubman doctrine. Imagine the possibilities beyond the neighborhoods of Oakland and Newark, to the women working in the rice fields of Vietnam, to the women on the mountainsides of Guatemala, to the indigenous populations throughout the vast planes of the Dakotas. We believe that women walking and talking together to solve their problems is a global solution.

We encourage you to check out their TedTalk and support GirlTrek. Want some key takeaways before you watch the video? Well, here ya go.

The Girl Trek Tubman Doctrine - Four Steps:

1) Do not wait. Walk right now in the direction of your healthiest, most-fulfilled life because self-care is a revolutionary act.

2) When you learn the way forward, come back and get a sister! Start a team with your friends, your family, your church.

3) Rally your allies. Every single person [in your network] is complicit in a Tubman-style takeover. 

4) Find joy.

The personal is political. Our walking is for healing, for joy, for fresh air and quiet time. To connect and disconnect. To worship. It also allows us to be healthy enough to stand on the front lines. It is our call-to-action to every Black woman within ear shot of our voices to join us on the front lines for change in our communities. This is us. Finding our fire and passing it on to you. Please stand with us.

GirlTrek is more than a walk! It's a health revival. A stress protest. A community resurrection. An opportunity to meet a new friend, work up a sweat, and have someone cheer you on. 

To learn more and join the movement, visit the GirlTrek website.