I am sorry that our current president didn’t prioritize properly to take just a few minutes to visit the home of Harriet Tubman during his visit to Auburn, NY. It is especially disappointing considering he was invited by U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY) back in April.
As pointed out by Warner Todd Huston at Breitbart, President Obama had time to travel the area as part of his current bus tour. He also found time to lodge in Auburn and even worked out at the local YMCA. His no-show to Tubman’s home left many waiting. And despite their assumed varying political beliefs, all were equally disappointed as Americans.
As Emil Wilberkin of Essence.com pointed out in the first video below, Tubman’s accomplishments are significant “particularly in the age of Obama.”
This is because despite being born into slavery and suffering heaps of physical and emotional abuse throughout her life, she never gave up on her faith in God or her fight to prevent others from enduring what she went through. She further went on to make significant impacts for all women by working with Susan B. Anthony for women’s suffrage. She also established educational facilities for freed men as well as a home for poor African-Americans where she wound up spending her final years. At her burial, she received full military honors.
Harriet Tubman spent her life without advantage, yet dedicated it to creating opportunities for others.
Please watch this short seven-minute video below (courtesy of the Biography Channel) followed by a 2009 speech Governor Palin gave from Auburn, NY (h/t Pete Petretich) where she gave Harriet Tubman a well-deserved shout out as well as other great legends of that time.
Let us hope all leaders will not only make sure to recognize these great men and women of the past, but that they’ll also truly grasp the message behind all they fought for.