I’m a Spoke’n Revolutions (SnR) youth cyclists. This summer I will take on a life transforming tour through history and self-determination when I travel the route of a historic trail in America. The Trail of Tears.
The Trail of Tears was a series of forced relocations of Native American nations in the United States following the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The removal included members of our own North Carolina Cherokee, the Muscogee, Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations. They were removed from their ancestral homelands in the southeastern U.S. to an area west of the Mississippi River that had been designated as Indian Territory.
WHY TOURS BASED ON HISTORY?
Each SnR summer tour is built around a historic moment in America. As cyclists, we revisit historic events and spaces and make comparisons between then and now and how that affects me. The journey will help me have a deeper understanding of myself. It’s only natural to imagine what I’d do if I were a person of history, whether that history is uplifting or heart-wrenching. Either way, knowing myself brings me closer to knowing what is and IS NOT acceptable to me. As well as, seeking to change that which I can and accept that which I can’t.
CREATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS
Did you know that in 2007, roughly 37% of Americans were bullied in the workforce? (that’s 54 million people) That’s a lot of unhappy people. Unhappy people at work make unhappy people at home. Then the cycle repeats itself. I think it’s possible to break that cycle. The Spoke’n Revolutions program helps youth like me learn history and its impact on us, who we are, what we want, and how to get it. We’ll move from knowledge to action. Compassionately.
This tour “is project-based learning at its best, combining travel to powerful places with authentic experience of history and geography, collaboration towards a common goal, and intense physical activity.”1