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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Friday, March 7, 2014

National Be Heard Day

Each year on the 7th day of March, National Be Heard Day is celebrated across the country. According to the National Day Calendar, it was created by Shannon Cherry (a business mentor) in 2006.

This day was created as a day to be dedicated to the over 145 million small businesses in the United States that are struggling to break through the big-business dominated times.  Now is the time for these small businesses to “be heard”.  There are many ways for this to be done, be it through creative marketing, smart publicity tactics, strong visual appearance or any of the other inventive ways of making their presence known.

The Stowe Center has hosted several programs in the past few years around the importance of equality for small businesses. We encourage you to read our October 27, 2011 blog post "Equal Opportunity for Small Businesses" for a recap of a Salon discussion and ways you can take action.

How will you take action this National Be Heard Day? Are there other issues you will "be heard" on? Share your ideas and views in the comments section below!

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