Bottom L to R: Byllye Avery and Ellen Craft dressed for her daring escape from slavery
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During Women's History Month we turn our attention to Black Women and Self Care, and Health Issues. After taking care of children, eldery parents, job responsibilities, the church, the community, friends, and a wide range of extended family issues, there's often not much left for women of all stripes...especially Black Women.
We'll explore this important topic with leading expert Byllye Avery and a new book on the subject, Health First! A Black Woman's Wellness Guide.
Byllye Avery is a well respected women's advocate and founder of the Black Women's Health Imperative.
Then we'll take a walk back in time and pay tribute to Ellen Craft who staged one of the most daring and dangerous escapes to freedom in American history.
Ellen Craft (1826-1891)
One of the most ingenious escapes was that of a married couple from Georgia, Ellen and William Craft, who traveled in first-class trains, dined with a steamboat captain and stayed in the best hotels during their escape to Philadelphia and freedom in 1848. Ellen, a quadroon with very fair skin, disguised herself as a young white cotton planter traveling with his slave (William). It was William who came up with the scheme to hide in plain sight, but ultimately it was Ellen who convincingly masked her race, her gender and her social status during their four-day trip. Despite the luxury accommodations, the journey was fraught with narrow escapes and heart-in-the-mouth moments that could have led to their discovery and capture. Courage, quick thinking, luck and “our Heavenly Father,” sustained them, the Crafts said in Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom, the book they wrote in 1860 chronicling the escape.
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