A committee in Buffalo will be presenting a parade in Honor of Harriet Tubman on March 7, according to a Spectrum News report.

Betty Jean Grant is said to be the committee and the parade's founder, with other Buffalo Community Leaders, Sherry Sherrill and Scott Wilson mentioned as committee members.  Sherry Sherrill spoke to Spectrum News about one of the purposes of the parade, saying this:

“We have a diverse group of individuals who come from all walks of life and everyone else is involved in community activism. We came together for this Harriet Tubman Parade and cultural program because it’s such a worthy cause. You can never have enough examples to bring positive role models and display them for our youth.”

Aside from the motivation for the parade, mentioned by Sherrill, Betty Jean Grant, and Scott Wilson listed some other important influences that sparked the parade's organization:

 

“Harriet Tubman to me is a very important American figure who’s obviously very underestimated in the community and across the nation.Harriet is a very inspiring figure who did a very brave thing in her time and I think that it’s important that we look back to her for that,” said Wilson.

Betty Jean Grant added (according to the Spectrum article) that:

“The issues that were pertinent probably in the 1870s and 1880s for African Americans, they’re still heretoday ... lack of opportunity, lack of opportunity."

Also mentioned in the article is the delay, relative to the $2 Bill commemorating Harriet Tubman which, according to the article, was scheduled to be "unveiled this year" however that's been held up until 2028.  The committee members are pressing for the currency to be available much sooner and they're also pushing for a Holiday in Honor of Harriet Tubman, her life and accomplishments.

You are more than welcome to and urged by the committee members to participate and march in the parade on March 7.  If you're interested, the article instructs you to please call Betty Jean Grant at 716-602-5877.  If you'd like to make a presentation or be a presenter in the program scheduled after the parade, please contact Sherry Sherrill at 716-430-1158.

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