Harriet Tubman escaped a life of slavery only to return south, at her own peril, time and again, to lead more than 300 fugitive slaves through the Underground Railroad to safety and freedom. After the Civil War, Tubman raised money to clothe and educate newly freed African-American children and established a home for and indigent African-Americans.
Social issues Harriet Tubman addressed:
- Slavery / Civil Rights
- Human rights
- Homes for people with disabilities
Social issues that need to be addressed today:
- Slavery / Civil Rights – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, the workplace and by facilities that serve the general public. Even though we have made progress, prejudice and racism are still with us. The need to protect the equal rights of all is as important as ever.
- Social Welfare – During federal fiscal year 2006, an estimated 905,000 children in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico were determined to be victims of abuse or neglect. Of the children substantiated as abused and neglected, only 58.9 percent received follow-up services. Source
- Discrimination - In the US, 19.6% of high school students report being bullied at school in the past year. 14.8% reported being bullied online. The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students were looks (55%), body shape (37%), and race (16%). School-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25%. Source
- Homelessness – 2.3 to 3.5 million people experience homelessness in a given year in America -- 1.35 million of them children. Source