“The Combahee River Collective was a Black feminist group in Boston whose name came from the guerrilla action conceptualized and led by Harriet Tubman on June 2, 1863, in the Port Royal region of South Carolina. This action freed more than 750 slaves and is the only military campaign in American history planned and led by a woman.”
-Combahee River Collective Statement 177
June 2, 2013 will be the 150th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s successful uprising where 750 enslaved Africans freed themselves and each other at the Combahee River. This uprising was also the inspiration for the Combahee River Collective a Black lesbian feminist socialist collective founded in Boston in 1977 who created an analysis of interconnected liberation centered on the lived experiences of Black women and designed to free us all.
In the spirit of the Combahee River Collective, Harriet Tubman and all the people who stood for their freedom that day the Mobile Homecoming Project and Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind will be coordinating a pilgrimage to the Harriet Tubman Bridge on the Combahee River for a weekend of celebration, clarification, community building and ritual.
Registration is closed and 21 black feminist pilgrims are packing their bags to converge at the river as we speak!!! But we know there are so many of you who wanted to come in person and who wherever you are in the world will be joining us for this liberation moment in spirit!
So TODAY only!!! Anyone who makes a donation of any size to the Mobile Homecoming Project and includes the word “podcast” in the notes will receive a downloadable copy of the special hour long Combahee meditation mixtape, travel music compilation that Lex made for the participants!!! And spread the word to your friends so we can all meet at the water!