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GirlTrek's epic 21-day walking meditation series to remember where we came from and to gather strength for the road ahead. We celebrate Black stories and the lessons of our ancestors to help guide us through these uncertain times. Each episode, is a conversation on learning, living and elevating to our highest self with guidance from lessons of the past. Hosted by GirlTrek Co-founders Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison. Produced by: Ebony Andrews

GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp Morgan Dixon + Vanessa Garrison

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 1.3K Ratings

GirlTrek's epic 21-day walking meditation series to remember where we came from and to gather strength for the road ahead. We celebrate Black stories and the lessons of our ancestors to help guide us through these uncertain times. Each episode, is a conversation on learning, living and elevating to our highest self with guidance from lessons of the past. Hosted by GirlTrek Co-founders Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison. Produced by: Ebony Andrews

    Tulsa Race Massacre | Special Edition

    Tulsa Race Massacre | Special Edition

    Monday, May 31st will make the 100th anniversary of one of the worst incidents of mass racial violence in the history of this country, the Tulsa Race Massacre. Over the course of two days, more than 100 residents of one of the most thriving and prosperous Black neighborhoods in the country were massacred by a violent white mob. They came seeking to destroy what these proud men and women had built – a community organized around shared values and cultural pride with deep economic roots and political power.

    This Monday, as a tribute, a rallying cry, and a call-to-action we invite you, your loved ones, and your community to take a walk with us in this special edition of our viral walking podcast. Together we will spend 60 minutes calling in the ancestors, honoring what was lost in Tulsa, and discussing how this movement plans to lead the rebirth of 1,000 Black neighborhoods starting this summer.

    This virtual walk can be experienced from wherever you are and will be led by GirlTrek Co-Founders, Vanessa and Morgan along with a special guest, Tamika Mallory.


    Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to the music or speech excepts played during this broadcast. Original content can be found here:

    Ella's Song| Sweet Honey in The Rock:
    https://open.spotify.com/track/0MTTqcQmbLW94gMLYMl95k?si=d4c79d0411914eee

    A Meditation for Black Women | Monet Marshall and Nia Wilson:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgf2COTsFUA

    Valarie Kaurs' Prayer:
    https://www.today.com/video/what-if-this-is-not-the-darkness-of-the-tomb-but-the-darkness-of-the-womb-watch-valarie-kaur-s-speech-917892675740

    • 1 hr 9 min
    National Healing Walk + Talk | Special Edition

    National Healing Walk + Talk | Special Edition

    “Rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation. Healing is an act of communion." - bell hooks
     
    If you are like us, you are sitting with a deep ache in your heart. Just as we’d begun to shake off some of the weariness that we’ve held while watching the verdict come down in the murder of George Floyd, we see Ma’Khia Bryant’s video pass through our timelines and read the news that a 16-year-old Black girl has been shot four times by police. 
     
    Sisters, we know this feels relentless. It is relentless. And that’s their strategy. The pressure is on to keep us in an exhaustive state of grief that robs us of our joy, our will to organize, and our collective faith. We must resist. And we must reject the urge to hold the rage. And we must keep moving forward with our collective healing as a people because on the other side of healing is liberation.
     
    In that spirit, and in honoring GirlTrek’s legacy of healing Black women through the ancestral tradition of walking, you are invited to join us for a National Walk and Talk. Together we will spend 60 minutes moving through grief, honoring our dead, discussing the path forward, and connecting with the divine power that guides us all. 

    Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to the music played during this broadcast. Original content can be found here:

    Stand by Me | Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir:
    https://youtu.be/AyFlLjdNqk8

    Amazing Grace | Lizz Wright:
    https://youtu.be/bBrucMaLNBQ

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Cosmonauts | Day 21 | Mae Jemison

    Cosmonauts | Day 21 | Mae Jemison

    On September 12, 1992, Mae Jemison, became the first Black woman to fly into space. This Black woman genius, who can trace her family roots back to the plantations of Talladega County, Alabama, flew 190 hours, 30 minutes, 23 seconds, and orbited the earth 127 times. Listed among the items that she carried with her was a poster of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, a West African statue, a picture of pilot Bessie Coleman, and a banner reppin’ Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Mae Jemison is truly her ancestor’s wildest dreams. Her life is a masterclass in excellence, sprinkled with Black stardust. Come to this walk with anticipation. There is much to learn from this pioneer! 


    Join GirlTrek’s Black History Bootcamp - 21 Cosmonauts at blackhistorybootcamp.com to receive specially curated emails with survival tips, speeches + dedicated songs to listen to for each episode. Together we will discover the stories of 21 women who were ahead of their time.

    Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to the music played during this broadcast. Original content can be found here:

    Alvin Ailey "Cry" with Yolanda Adams "Right on Be Free" | Black Girls Rock 2018:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIAbeGLbXlc

    Saturn | Stevie Wonder:
    https://open.spotify.com/track/5RgWdJs6H52nMyZFQspQWH?si=ad8c70fbe3a84a20

    • 47 min
    Cosmonauts | Day 20 | Queen Nzinga

    Cosmonauts | Day 20 | Queen Nzinga

    On the very spot where the transatlantic slave trade began, in modern-day Angola, the most epic fight for liberation in our history was waged between the entire Portuguese Empire and one Black woman. Standing toe-to-toe. Them and her. Queen Nzinga.

    Say her name.

    We are the #daughters of Queen Nzinga Mbande. Queen of the Ambundu Kingdoms of the ruling family of Ndongo and great sovereign power of Matamba. Ohhh that’s delicious.

    Let it roll off your tongues: Nzzzzinga, Nzingha, Njinga. Her name alone defies the English alphabet, spelled differently across history. No matter how you spell her name, one thing is certain, trained in military precision and political warfare, young Nzinga defeated the colonizers, protected her people for 37 years, and set into motion a liberation movement that would ultimately defeat the colonizers.

    We will not be your slaves.

    Adjust your crowns queens, we’re going in. This is the greatest story never told.



    Join GirlTrek’s Black History Bootcamp - 21 Cosmonauts at blackhistorybootcamp.com to receive specially curated emails with survival tips, speeches + dedicated songs to listen to for each episode. Together we will discover the stories of 21 women who were ahead of their time.

    Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to the music played during this broadcast. Original content can be found here:

    Summertime | Angelique Kidjo:
    https://open.spotify.com/track/6ZoY4JuMpnTkQTLE8tYP5k?si=9f4aa8cf123f439d

    Try Me | Tems:
    https://open.spotify.com/track/2DYp6Gfu2JguZra6xL8IAV?si=9b3d681841e04baf

    • 34 min
    Cosmonauts | Day 19 | Annetta M. Lane & Harriet Taylor

    Cosmonauts | Day 19 | Annetta M. Lane & Harriet Taylor

    Today we tell the story of The United Order of Tents. A secret society of Black women that has operated for more than 100 years, providing shelter and services to people who were unable to care for themselves. It’s the story of Black women’s survival and resilience throughout time. When we look back to our grandmothers and ask, how did they make it? This is how. By relying on each other. By lifting as they climbed. Through mutual aid and support. This is the truth of who we are. Kind. Generous. God-fearing. Steadfast. Join us today to celebrate this legacy of sisterhood.



    Join GirlTrek’s Black History Bootcamp - 21 Cosmonauts at blackhistorybootcamp.com to receive specially curated emails with survival tips, speeches + dedicated songs to listen to for each episode. Together we will discover the stories of 21 women who were ahead of their time.


    Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to the music played during this broadcast. Original content can be found here:

    Completely Yes |  Sandra Crouch:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1L3k9_q1S8

    Déjà vu | Teena Marie:
    https://open.spotify.com/track/7ecCOdHyhkWrQWbzDnHm6m?si=bIt-uAhVQdWAF_eB4SX6Vg&utm_source=copy-link

    • 35 min
    Cosmonauts | Day 18 | Mahalia Jackson

    Cosmonauts | Day 18 | Mahalia Jackson

    In 1965, Harry Belafonte said that Mahalia Jackson was "the single most powerful Black woman in the United States.” She could channel God’s power, transform a room, soften the hardest hearts, move the masses, and light fire to the faithful. That’s power.

    We are the #daughtersof Mahalia Jackson

    ...and her voice rang louder than bullets and billy clubs. Crystal clear. Equal parts lullaby and lightsaber. Mahalia Jackson was our moral high ground - a spiritual portal. A “beam me up” before Star Trek had a name.  She mastered the ability to take us to a Rock that was higher. She rode a praise - in primordial tongues - through halls of injustice, and confused our cross-burning enemies. Singing “I'm gonna lay down my burden, down by the riverside.”  Singing, “I ain't a-gonna study war no more.” Singing, “Soon it will be done. Trouble of the world.”  Singing “Elijah Rock, shout, shout, shout. Elijah Rock comin' up, Lord.” Singing, "How I made it over,” and “You must be born again.”  Bearing the very souls of Black folks. Teaching us. Healing us. Actual pain medicine. Soothing the saints and the sinners alike. Reminding us all of our divine connection and of a transformational power that is bigger than fear.

    “I think fear is a sin,” she said. “And I can’t live in fear.”

    If you are wavering today. Walk with us. If the evidence of your life - your job, your health, your mind, your money, your man - is overwhelming your faith, walk with us. Listen to the clarion voice that mobilized our mothers and resolved our father’s fears. Black people have practices. We have methods, potions, and powers that connect us to Light in the darkest of times. We need those now. Keep the faith. Grab your sneakers. And come sing with us…

    Today, we walk in total agreement - as our foremothers walked before us in the Montgomery Bus Boycotts - for the total liberation of Black people everywhere.



    Join GirlTrek’s Black History Bootcamp - 21 Cosmonauts at blackhistorybootcamp.com to receive specially curated emails with survival tips, speeches + dedicated songs to listen to for each episode. Together we will discover the stories of 21 women who were ahead of their time.

    Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to the music or speech excerpts played during this broadcast. Original content can be found here:

    Coming In Hot | Andy Mineo, Lacrae:
    https://open.spotify.com/track/1kVYXfxTWSftIZtmYr6yH8?si=7asQJMgISNmsZYJu66ADaQ

    Elijah Rock - Live | Mahalia Jackson:
    https://open.spotify.com/track/4zYchkXbGeXtJ3T7Tq1elD?si=SY48AZn9QP6p7uVRcxgZwg

    Never Seen Before Footage of Mahalia Jackson and her Funeral:
    https://youtu.be/53A6DPWZ_i8

    How I Got Over | Mahalia Jackson:
    https://youtu.be/l49N8U3d0Bw

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

Scmami83 ,

Recommend by a friend - glad I was

I started in June 2021 - I listened for 2 weeks straight when I starting back walking. Then I started vacationing and listened on the plane. It’s such a refreshing part of my day. I was dealing with some personal stress and hearing positive stories about black women has helped lift me out of some dark places. The commentary is sometimes….a lot, but I like that it seems like 2 friends catching up and supporting each other on their life journey!

Trelliebel ,

Life altering content

I am a SC teacher and this podcast has provided deep levels of healing. I am inspired and encouraged by all of this beautiful stories. I love the format that the women use to deliver this impactful information. I feel like I’m walking with friends. I appreciate their candor and honesty.

CamilleVeronica ,

Addressing the whole person

I love the brilliant resource that is Girl Trek and get super excited whenever a Black History Bootcamp is announced. The idea of reclaiming our health as a community of women while learning and celebrating our greatness worldwide is such and awesome combination. HOWEVER...(somebody help me now) the special edition Healing and Walking episode took me completely over the top!!! Every element address our whole being! We are not a fragmented or disjointed people. This episode was such a beautiful reminder of our ability to collectively support and heal. Thank you!

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