The American abolitionist and activist was born into slavery, but escaped. She later organized and carried out missions to free other enslaved Black people in the United States.
“Historically, Black women have played a brave and critical role in social justice. Harriet Tubman’s life and her dedication to freedom and equality speaks directly to the department’s mission, now and in the years ahead,” Pines said.
The university department is renown for its “unique concentration in Black feminist thought and intersectionality,” Pines said, adding that it is the only one in the US that offers a Black women’s studies minor.
Later in life, she became involved in the women’s suffrage movement.
Since 1990, the US celebrates her achievements on March 10 — Harriet Tubman Day.