Suffrage centennial brings controversy about Harriet Tubman in 2013

Harriet TubmanIf there’s any grave rolling associated with abolitionist and suffragist Harriet Tubman, it’s all about a video released by Russell Simmons. The video itself has been taken off the internet, but the edited versions circulating around give a feeling for the piece entitled “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape.” And it has been giving Harriet Tubman and her life renewed interest. The video has performers known to the general public, plus the internet is filled with commentary about what happened, who reacted and why. All of this is in the context of the centennial, or 100 year anniversary of Tubman’s death.

At the end of her life, Tubman campaigned intensely for women’s rights and even collaborated with Susan B. Anthony on lecture tours. Which makes this news update a suffrage centennial feature. The fuzz caused a Washington Post reporter to point out that Harriet Tubman has been trending on Twitter. Harriet Tubman lived in Auburn, NY and is buried there. It’s in the Cradle of the Women’s Rights movement in the United State, and Auburn is well worth a visit. If you don’t have plans to travel this fall, at least sign up for the blogging tour on LetsRockTheCradle.com ¬†You can vicariously visit the town where Harriet made a mark. Think about it.