Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Women Making a Difference: T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, Founders of GirlTrek

GirlTrek co-founders T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison with a team of
enthusiastic walkers in the We Are Harriet walk on The National Mall
Photograph by Shannon Finney, March 10, 2012, Washington, DC

Take a walk. Join a movement. With just these two sentences, a revolution
has begun. In just two short years, Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison have
inspired thousands of African American women and girls to grab a friend and go for
a walk. As diabetes, heart disease, and a host of other diseases associated with
obesity strike the African American community disproportionately, Morgan and
Vanessa found a solution that is as easy as putting on a pair of tennis shoes
and heading outside. GirlTrek, through its active network of volunteers,
creates neighborhood walking campaigns. Invoking the rich history of
walking during the Civil Rights Movement, GirlTrek invites a new
generation to take a walk and join a movement.

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