|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 12||Issue 583|
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ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE (HARRIET TUBMAN)
John Wooden Video Clip (78 sec.): Coach Wooden is asked: "Who were your coaches and mentors in your youth (about his Dad)?" There is so much wisdom in this 78 seconds it is unbelievable.
Harriet Tubman (1822 - 1913) is an extraordinary American hero, an abolitionist and social activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped from slavery in 1849 and subsequently made some 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 slaves.
During the American Civil War, she served as a nurse, armed scout, and spy for the Union Army. Tubman became the first woman ever to lead a U.S. Army assault during the Civil War.
In her later years, Tubman was an activist in the movement for women's suffrage and a selfless humanitarian, always helping others while taking nothing for herself. She passed way (at 91) in the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged which she had opened in 1908 for indigent elderly Afro- Americans.
In the book, "Bound for the Promised Land", Kate Clifford Larson wrote:
"As a slave,Tubman was first hired out to James Cook, who lived on a nearby farm when she was six or seven years old. Cook and his wife were cruel, and her time spent with them (approximately two years) left her ill and physically scarred. As one of her first tasks, Harriet was sent into the nearby marshes to check Cook's muskrat traps. Trapping muskrats would be a difficult task for a young child, but in cold water during the winter trapping season, it would be even more so.
At some point Tubman became sick with measles but was forced to continue working the traps in the cold water. She became gravely ill and was returned home. Her Mother nursed her weakened child back to health, only to have her hired out again and again."
From this beginning rose a person who changed history. A survey at the end of the 20th century named her as one of the most famous civilians in American history before the Civil War, third only to Betsy Ross and Paul Revere.
Harriet taught us: Anything Is Possible!
Yours in Coaching,
For Your Child and Mine
Your dream and my dream is not that we shall rest,
Adapted from Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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