Published on October 4th, 2018 | by Nicole Vear
GirlTrek Continues Their Journey to Healing Black Communities Through PrayerTrek
GirlTrek, a nationwide collective of Black women dedicated to the physical and mental health of Black women has created another avenue to reach their mission. With a focus on walking as a way to inspire healthy living, families and communities, the organizers of the non-profit have incorporated prayer into their host of liberation-centered activities. At the start of October, Girltrek established PrayerTrek, a 9-day cross-country fellowship of prayer and walking. During this time, particpants are engaging in a prayer call that begins at 9am EST and committing to walking 30 minutes a day for days.
One of the goals of the Trek was to engage established spiritual spaces within Black communities with an aim to reach 100 churches nationwide. The congregation with the most walkers will win and the founders of GirlTrek, Vanessa Garrison and T. Morgan Dixon will visit the church and kickoff the next event, a 40-day gratitude trek. These events are all part of GirlTrek’s mass event entitled “Road to Selma”. As stated across their online platforms:
“GirlTrek is taking its message of radical self-care and healing on the road with a 12 month, 50-stop national wellness revival. We’ll be stopping in cities like Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Oakland. And, at events like Essence Festival, the Roots Picnic, and AfroPunk to name a few. Join us for storytelling, sweat, self-care and sisterhood on the #RoadtoSelma!”
These events will culminate as the “Summer of Selma” in which GirlTrek will engage in the same efforts and programs that created the liberatory paradigm of 1960’s Selma, Alabama. Women will gather together for teach-ins and walking teams that will retrace the steps of the 54-mile walk from Selma to Montgomery. Girltrek has partnered with many organizationsto develop training Black women to serve as health professionals in various areas. Many of these professionals along with artists and vendors will lend their resources and knowledge to the 3-day training festival.
You can also check out another stop on Selma’s journey, an event in Baltimore dedicated to self-care for freedom fighters: