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“What would Harriet do?” When Vanessa Garrison and Morgan Dixon asked this question a few short years ago, they were searching for a way to change the many health challenges facing their families and communities. Today, these two friends, inspired by the legacy of Harriet Tubman, are living the answer as partners and co-founders of GirlTrek. More than an award-winning nonprofit, GirlTrek is a revolutionary, leave-no-sister-behind health movement of black women across the country who are committed to taking back their health AND their communities through walking.

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When I think of people power, I close my eyes and see images of women walking on the sidewalks of Montgomery in the bus boycotts. I see women crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma,” said Morgan. History has proven GirlTrek’s mantra to be true: When black women walk, things change.

Now over 170,000 women strong, GirlTrek is preparing for its biggest walk season kick off ever:#HARRIET Tubman Celebration Weekend, a four-day national tribute to the original walking revolutionary that ends on Harriet Tubman Day March 10.

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