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 our own North Carolina Cherokee and other Native American nations in the United States following the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
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. Through the journey I’ll 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 me learn history and its impact, who I am, what I want, and how to get it. With it I’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