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, August 28, 2013

The March on Washington: 50 years later, how far have we come?

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, known for the landmark I Have A Dream speech by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As we commemorate this event, many are asking: how far have we come?

In April, the Stowe Center hosted Victoria Christgau and Deacon Arthur L. Miller for the Salon Have We Overcome?reflecting on our nation's progress towards civil rights and equality. Be sure to read the Salon transcript and takeaway sheet posted HERE.

Below are interviews and reflections about our progress towards equality over the past 50 years, as well as a Stowe Center takeaway with resources about the March and how you can take action on this anniversary. After watching these videos and exploring these resources, consider: how far have we come? What must be done to ensure equality and civil rights for all? What will you do to support these issues and combat injustice? We hope you will share your responses in the "Comments" section below. 

Before the March and his I Have A Dream Speech, Dr. King interviewed with skeptical panelists on NBC's Meet the Press

CNN interviewed Maya Wiley, Founder and President of the Center for Social Conclusion, about race in America. You may remember that Wiley 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.

President Barack Obama on our nation's progress since the March and the work that must still be done: "we've made enormous strides," but still have a ways to go.

This video, about the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech, is part of the Smithsonian’s Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and
the March on Washington, 1963

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