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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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Check out @NatUrbanLeague's website

The National Urban League, "a powerhouse for helping people secure economic empowerment," has a bold and interactive website featuring a new "I AM EMPOWERED" campaign in recognition of its centennial. The campaign seeks to instill messages of hope and individual empowerment in order to make a lasting difference around the issues of education, employment, housing, and healthcare. Visitors are to the site are encouraged to take action and sign a pledge committing their "time and talents to ensure that the nation is empowered to achieve the following goals by 2025:.
  • Every American child is ready for college, work and life.
  • Every American has access to jobs with a living wage and good benefits.
  • Every American lives in safe, decent, affordable and energy efficient housing on fair terms.
  • Every American has access to quality and affordable health care solutions."
Get Empowered by Taking the Pledge

How can organizations like the Urban League use such pledges to motivate followers to take action? Do you think campaigns like "I AM EMPOWERED" are successful in inspiring change? Will you take the Pledge?

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