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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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Carter G. Woodson and this history of National African American History Month

National African American History Month, or Black History Month, was established in 1976 as the result of the life's work of historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Woodson, son of former slaves, spent his life rewriting black history "back into the history books" and calling attention to the significance of African Americans in our nation's story.

The video below, courtesy of The History Channel, provides an overview of the "Origins of Black History Month."

Though we have an entire month dedicated to the celebration of black history, there is still more that must be done to preserve, commemorate and learn from the contributions of African Americans, and reach for equality in our society. Stay tuned for tomorrow's blog post about "The Continuing Importance of Black History Month." 

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