Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

The Stowe Center is a 21st-century museum and program center using Stowe's story to inspire social justice and positive change.

The Salons at Stowe programs are a forum to connect the challenging issues (race, gender and class) that impelled Stowe to write and act with the contemporary face of those same issues. The Salon format is based on a robust level of audience participation, with the explicit goal of promoting civic engagement. Recent topics included: Teaching Acceptance; Is Prison the New Slavery; Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North; Creativity and Change; Race, Gender and Politics Today; How to be an Advocate

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Video of Congressional Hearing "A Conversation on Race and Justice in America"

Yesterday afternoon, the US House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee hosted "A Conversation on Race and Justice in America," a panel and hearing requested by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). Many of you may remember our public program with the CBC in June 2011 for Stowe's Bicentennial where the panel discussed issues of race, closing the education achievement gap, and health disparities in African American communities. That program resulted in the formation of Call to Action"a community initiative of activists and leaders working together to address issues of race and justice" created with Rep. John B. Larson.

As this video attests, the conversations and actions around race and justice continue! This discussion featured :
  • Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (Chairwoman, Congressional Black Caucus)
  • Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (Co-Chair, Democratic Steering & Policy Committee)
  • Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
  • Congressman Rob Andrews (Co-Chair, Democratic Steering & Policy Committee)
  • Members, Democratic Steering & Policy Committee
Among the non-legislator panelists was Maya Wiley, Founder and President of the Center for Social Conclusion, who led the October 2012 Transforming Hartford: The Call to Action Continues program at the Legislative Office Building presented by the Stowe Center, Congressman John B. Larson, the City of Hartford, Voices of Women of Color and the Connecticut Commission on Health Equity.

Be sure to watch the full hearing below and read the full "A Conversation on Race and Justice in America" CBC press release HERE

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