A recent trip to Annapolis where my partner presented at a conference found me taking side trips (It was a much needed break just four weeks into the semester).
I went to the Museum of American History to see a former classmate and the Ella Fitzgerald exhibit.
Two days later, I traveled to Dorchester County, Maryland, birthplace of Harriet Tubman, my hero.
As serendipity would have it, Fitzgerald’s face was on a mural in Cambridge paying homage to not only Tubman, but African American life.
I also visited with my spouse-colleague the new visitor center dedicated to Tubman’s efforts to free enslaved people and help others as a nurse and spy during the Civil War.
It was fitting to end the video above, which captures these three visits, with a photo of a student at the naval academy. The many people of varying backgrounds at the academy suggests the efforts of many, among them Tubman and Fitzgerald, and others long gone to make this world a better place.
Because of them, I can do many of the things I get to do today. Thank you, Ella and Harriet. Thanks also the many people who serve this country as members of the armed forces.