Movie Review: Harriet

Oluchi Ugbajah, Staff Writer

Many of us know about Harriet Tubman, and her involvement in The Underground Railroad. She was an abolitionist who helped to free slaves from the slave states like Alabama, Florida and Georgia. She was an amazing woman and had a major impact on Black history and culture. She had such an impact that she was even considered to replace Andrew Jackson on the 20 dollar bill. As Black History Month comes to an end, I feel like we should commemorate one of the greatest Black movies, in my opinion, “Harriet.”
“Harriet” was released in September of 2019. It portrays slavery in the 1840s, in the point-of-view of yours truly, Harriet Tubman (Cynthia Erivo), conductor of the Underground Railroad. The movie starts off with how she escaped and made it to Philadelphia, one of the free states. This story ends with Harriet freeing over hundreds of slaves.
Of course, this movie is not completely historically correct because the only one to know how and what happened is Harriet Tubman, herself. But, with the known facts, I believe that the screenwriters, Kasi Lemmons and Gregory Allen Howard, did an amazing job making it sensible and enlightening.
We all know about Harriet Tubman, but probably not the fact that, without her, Black people may still be slaves to whites, and Black History Month would not have even been possible. I, as a black person, am so appreciative of her and acknowledge the struggle that she had to go through, just so I could live in a better world where I have rights. So, I definitely recommend you to watch this 5-star movie, “Harriet.”