So exactly what is Black Girl Magic?
It’s strength. It’s humility. Courage. Passion. Loyalty. It’s a love for all … And it’s getting your face on the $20 DOLLA BILL YA’LL!
After a year long public debate, on Wednesday, April 20th, the Internet went crazy after news broke that Harriet Tubman would be the new face of the $20 bill, replacing current Andrew Jackson. The irony in this is that Tubman was an escaped slave that helped other slaves and Jackson was not only a former president but was also a slave owner. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew made this huge announcement, making Tubman the first African American ever and the first woman in over a century to be featured. I said this back in February in one of my posts and I will say it again, “Black people are definitely winning right now!”
Depending on your social media newsfeed, you probably saw a lot of people excited about this new change, you may have seen some skepticism and even some hating. I know what I did see was a lot of funny memes because we all know that once social media catches wind of ANYTHING, a new meme is lurking around the corner, ready to flood your timeline. Check a couple of them out below:
For those of you who may not know much about Harriet Tubman, or maybe don’t recognize or understand the epicness, dopeness and #blackgirlmagic in all of this, here are a few important facts that you should add to your (black) history Rolodex:
- Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave who went on a mission to help other slaves escape to freedom
- She was the conductor of the 19th century Underground Railroad, which consisted of secret routes and safe houses used to make these escapes.
- The Underground Railroad was NOT A REAL TRAIN as Atlanta housewife and reality TV star Porsha Williams wholeheartedly thought in THIS epic moment
- Her birth name is actually Araminta Ross
- Tubman was born into slavery and grew up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, an area between lines of freedom and slavery
- Her nickname was “Moses” after the biblical figure, who also led people to freedom
- She passed March 10, 1913 and is buried in New York.
The new $20, along with the new $5 and $10 are scheduled to be unveiled by the year 2020.