Victory Lap: GirlTrek End of Season Celebration!
GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp Podcast
by Morgan Dixon + Vanessa Garrison
2M ago
This year we set a goal to take over 1,000 of the Blackest neighborhoods. And we did that! With the help of our entire team. With the help of you! You made the decision to lead women in your neighborhood. You helped them start their own crew. And we want to celebrate every single one of you. Nominations for the Victory Awards are in!  Come celebrate with us as we announce our Victory Awards, LIVE!  ..read more
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Black Neighborhoods | Day 21 | Do you know what happened on the Edmund Pettus Bridge?
GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp Podcast
by Morgan Dixon + Vanessa Garrison
3M ago
Day 21 The Address: The Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma The Story: "You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone—any person or any force—dampen, dim or diminish your light. Study the path of others to make your way easier and more abundant. Lean toward the whispers of your own heart, discover the universal truth, and follow its dictates. Release the need to hate, to harbor division, and the enticement of revenge. Release all bitterness. Hold only love, only peace in your heart, knowing that the battle of good to overcome evil is already won. Choose confrontation wisely, but when it is your ..read more
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Black Neighborhoods | Day 20 | Have you heard about 16th Street Baptist Church?
GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp Podcast
by Morgan Dixon + Vanessa Garrison
3M ago
Day 20 The Address: 16th Street Baptist Church The Story: Their names were Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Addie Mae Collins. They were on their way to a basement assembly hall for closing prayers on a Sunday morning. The explosion occurred around 10:20 a.m. It destroyed the rear end of the building. It injured 20 people, and it killed the four little girls. The attack was meant to disrupt Black community activists who had been demonstrating for weeks for an end to segregation in the city. The public funeral for three of the girls attracted over eight thousand people, but ..read more
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Black Neighborhoods | Day 19 | Where did the Blues really start?
GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp Podcast
by Morgan Dixon + Vanessa Garrison
3M ago
Day 19 “The first time I met the blues The Address: 229 Highway 8, Cleveland, Mississippi. The Story: It’s called Dockery Farms. “Farms” is a rebrand. It was a back-breaking plantation in a small town in Mississippi. It’s walking distance from where Fannie Lou Hamer picked cotton. It's a stone’s throw from “the crossroads,” where a young Robert Johnson was rumored to have sold his soul for an unearthly cool. There, as the sun kissed the dusty sky goodbye, guitars played, feet stomped, and hips swayed. The long days of work were made magic by the masters of a new American art form called the Bl ..read more
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Black Neighborhoods | Day 18 |Have you heard about Congo Square in New Orleans?
GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp Podcast
by Morgan Dixon + Vanessa Garrison
3M ago
Day 18 The Address: Congo Square, New Orleans Come to Congo Square with us. Come catch the fire. Come learn of the drums that reverberated through the square, calling for protection from the ancestors and the one’s left back home. Come learn of the worship that took place here. Come learn about this place so full of magic -  not at all dark. Come hear about the celebrations, the dance, the music, the food that united Africans from across the continent in this new place called New Orleans ..read more
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Black Neighborhoods | Day 17 | The Black History of The North Pole
GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp Podcast
by Morgan Dixon + Vanessa Garrison
3M ago
Day 17: Address: 90.0000° N, 135.0000° W The Story: A Black man was the first American adventurer to reach the North Pole!?  Say what!? Call Patagonia, North Face, and Columbia Sportswear and tell them we've BEEN making their clothes look good! We don’t need a long story today. Facts are facts. So pull up. Because at your next dinner party, when someone brings up the state of such-and-such and the downturn of dis-and-dat, just dazzle them with this Arctic adventure. …so what about that Matthew Henson? Real American hero eh? Let’s move…  ..read more
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Black Neighborhoods | Day 15 | How Many Superstars were Made on This Detroit Street?
GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp Podcast
by Morgan Dixon + Vanessa Garrison
3M ago
Day 15 The Address: 2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, Michigan, Hitsville,USA The Story: We dare you to try and make a top 10 Motown favorites list. We dare you. You’d have to narrow down Stevie Wonder’s entire catalog. You’d have to choose between solo Michael or The Jackson Five. You’d have to debate who was better: Lionel Richie, Marvin Gay, or Smokie Robinson. You’d have to make some seriously tough choices. There are just too many hits! We’re talking iconic, era-defining, hits. What started on Grand Boulevard in Motor City is a legacy that has transformed the world, defined music as we know i ..read more
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Black Neighborhoods | Day 14 | Freedom House Ambulance Service
GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp Podcast
by Morgan Dixon + Vanessa Garrison
3M ago
Day 14 The Address: 2027 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA The Story: The year is 1969. You and your girlfriends are walking down the street in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. It’s late. The house party is over. Your crew is laughing and darting through familiar streets to your sister’s house. Someone drives by blasting Aretha Franklin, “Cause I ain’t never, no, no never, loved a man the way that I, I love you!” You clap to the beat. It’s summertime, and the heat is rising from the concrete streets long after the sun has set. Just as you turn the corner to your house, you notice a car driving t ..read more
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Black Neighborhoods | Day 13 | Can you name Chicago's most historic Black neighborhood?
GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp Podcast
by Morgan Dixon + Vanessa Garrison
3M ago
Day 13 “We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond.” - Gwendolyn Brooks The Address: Rosenwald Apartments, 4648 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, Bronzeville The Story: They came fleeing the terrors of Jim Crow. They came in search of freedom. Still tethered to their southern roots and values, they brought an electrifying energy that would give rise to Black Arts movements, create gospel, and establish a Black mecca known as Bronzeville, the only neighborhood in the country that could rival Harlem as the cultural center of African America. Ho ..read more
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Black Neighborhoods | Day 12 | Where was the first Black school in the American South?
GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp Podcast
by Morgan Dixon + Vanessa Garrison
3M ago
Day 12 The Address: 16 Penn Circle, St Helena Island, SC 29920 The Story: At this moment, it stands. The very first school established in America for freed African children... It was founded before the dust of the Civil War settled. ... beneath the sway of Spanish moss on great oak trees, ... on a 47-acre campus on the island of Saint Helena, off the coast of South Carolina. This is the land of the great Gullah people. Africans who, through centuries of oppression, have held strong to their culture, language, and beautiful customs. Today, walk with us through the dirt roads of time ..read more
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