Her Head Injury Helped Turn Pain Into Black Liberation

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Briona Lamback
May 19, 2023

“No!” Araminta screamed, refusing to help hold down another enslaved person so the enslaver could beat him. She turned and ran as if her life depended on it, never looking over her shoulder. 

And then it hit her.

He’d hurled a two-pound weight striking her in the head. Araminta collapsed, and although it took a while, she eventually recovered. But later, something was different about her. 

Araminta grew up to be Harriet Tubman, and she was known for falling into a deep sleep in the middle of a conversation – and it was one hell of a superpower.

Tubman’s slumber was more than a nap; She tapped into a profound dream space. And when she awoke, Tubman often spoke of hearing angels or feeling like she was floating above the Earth.

She believed these were divine dreams that God was using to guide and urge her to do right by his will to help free enslaved people. Tubman’s injury was nothing but anti-Blackness, but she and spirit turned her pain into purpose.

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