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, May 7, 2014

What leaders from history inspire YOU?

With the mission of "To Educate and Connect a New Generation to Heroes Who Have Paved the Way," the Because of Them, We Can campaign developed as a series of photographs of children dressed as historic leaders who made a difference in the world. In the words of founder Eunique Jones,

It's bigger than just taking pictures of cute kids and making them look like celebrities or making them look like politicians or engineers; it's bigger than that. It's about the message, right? It's about empowering these kids and injecting this new wave of self esteem and self worth by understanding what's already been done, what's being done, and what can be done and how they can play a role in shaping or reshaping the future.

Jones' recent series depicts young girls dressed as famous female leaders (hopefully Stowe will be portrayed in the future!). The entire series serves as a reminder that we can draw inspiration and empowerment from the past and use it to impact the future. See the video on the campaign and a Tweet about the women leaders series below.

What other historic leaders inspire our youth today? How are you inspiring today's youth to take action? 

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