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The Bigger Picture: Why ‘Harriet’ Deserves Better

In our monthly segment about the issues in TV and film, a local activist explains what was lacking in the new biopic about Harriet Tubman.

Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman
Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman in the biopic, Harriet.

The new film Harriet follows the life of abolitionist and former slave Harriet Tubman as she joins the Underground Railroad and helps escort dozens of slaves to freedom just before the Civil War.

In this month’s installment of The Bigger Picture, where we discuss issues and history portrayed in film and television, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn discusses the film with local activist Durrel Douglas of Houston Justice, who explains why he was a little underwhelmed by the movie.

Also, the Underground Railroad wasn’t the only path to freedom for some escaped slaves. Some went farther south through Texas and into Mexico. We learn more about the path slaves took through Texas from Roseann Bacha-Garza from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Harriet Tubman
Abolitionist and former slave Harriet Tubman.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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