Harriet: An Inspiring Journey on Film

By: Ashley Pope

The movie Harriet, directed by Kasi Lemmons, is an extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery. The movie shows Tubman’s transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. This is a very inspirational movie. The main character, Harriet Tubman, was played by Cynthia Erivo who acted out her own stunts and sang every song that contributed to the message she wanted to portray.

The music is one of the main factors that contributed to the tone and mood of the movie. The scene where Tubman was running and leaving her mother, she sang a song called, “Goodbye song”. The song was written by Cynthia herself and explained how Tubman left her family and found the “Promise Land”. It also repeated the words “I’ll meet you in the morning”, letting her people know that she will be back. That was one of many songs she sang to her people to encourage them not to lose hope.

The film displayed Tubman as believing she could see the future while talking to God. The famous Bible verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengths me” was shown as reality. People around her assumed she was crazy and was talking to herself, but as the movie led on, everything God told her to do made sense. The movie was not based around God, but a big part surrounded her belief in God and how everything she did was for His approval.

In 1619, slavery had just begun. That was the start of an era that impacted African Americans from all sides. Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in Mary Land and she married a free man during her time being controlled by her master. Unfortunately, neither of their needs were able to be met. In 1949 Tubman escaped and became one of the most famous “conductors” on the underground railroad when she started freeing slaves. She spent most of her life helping other slaves and lived by this quote, “I will give every last drop of blood in my veins until the monster called slavery is dead” (Harriet Tubman).  

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