Common Ground: Mississippi Water Walkers, Sharon Day
Season 5, Episode 21
Common Ground talks to Water Walker Sharon Day about her walk down the length of the Mississippi. Day is an Anishinaabe grandmother whose Ojibwe name means Singing Wolf. She brought pure water from the headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico to raise awareness about pollution.
Day’s walk included stops for communal gatherings in St. Paul, St. Louis, Memphis, Baton Rouge and Fort Jackson where the Mississippi empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Day, who poured clean water from the headwaters into the river in Fort Jackson, says,”We wanted to give the river a taste of herself.”
Day, walked mostly with a core group of 5 or 6 people but says more than 200 others participated along the way. The walk took place over a period of 65 days between March and May 2013.
Originally aired on April 17th at 7pm.