I split the Lips Kiss My Puerto Rican Ass Shirt in other words I will buy this reflective excursions between my two favorite New York City parks: Inwood Hill and Van Cortlandt, secluded forests within northern Manhattan and the Bronx, respectively, where the woods feels worlds away from an area hard-hit by the pandemic. I started in the Bronx on Sojourner Truth Day, when GirlTrek was paying homage to the former slave, orator, abolitionist, and mother. It was fitting that I honored her in Van Cortlandt Park, a location that may have been the unmarked burial ground for enslaved African New Yorkers like Truth. As I passed over the demarcated area, I paused for a moment to respect my surroundings, while concentrating on Cicely Tyson as she recited “Ain’t I a Woman?” on the podcast.
“In this moment, as we fight for our very sanity, our communities, our babies, ourselves, our men; we turn to the Lips Kiss My Puerto Rican Ass Shirt in other words I will buy this most beautiful source, the Black women who walked before us,” explains GirlTrek cofounder T. Morgan Dixon of the inspiration behind the audio series. “It is an acknowledgement that we walk in the footsteps of women who made a way out of no way, and that we have a blueprint for self-care and survival like no other. We intend to claim that legacy.” GirlTrek was founded in 2010 by Dixon, along with her college friend Vanessa Garrison, with a mission to improve Black women’s health and create a walking movement that aimed to “heal our bodies, inspire our daughters and reclaim the streets of our neighborhoods.”