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, November 20, 2013

A modern day suffragette...who is only 12 years old!

The Stowe Center uses the life and story of activist Harriet Beecher Stowe to inspire people of all ages to take action on issues that are important to them and use their talents to create change. We love to share stories of people doing just that, especially young people, which is why we were excited to learn about 12-year-old Madison Kimrey of Burlington, NC who is a self-proclaimed (and we agree!) modern day "suffragette." Madison recently addressed a crowd in North Carolina about young people and their voting rights in the state. Through a well-developed and researched speech, she challenged the Governor and Legislature for taking away preregistration rights for teenagers. Check out her speech below for a dose of inspiration:

Madison represents the amazing passion and drive young people have to speak out, and the civic engagement they can achieve. Do you know someone who is using their voice like Madison and Harriet Beecher Stowe? Be sure to tell them about the 2014 Student Stowe Prize Writing for Social Justice and send us their stories!

"Young people, our state needs you; our nation needs you. Pay attention: find the issues that are important to you and take action!" 
- Madison Kimrey

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