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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Monday, November 24, 2014

Young Activists Shine in #Unilever's #BrightFutureSpeeches

From Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?" to Martin Luther King jr.'s "I Have a Dream," we can often trace our nation's landmark moments through speeches.  

Unilever, a consumer goods company specializing in health and well-being, recently launched Bright Future Speeches, a project designed to promote young individuals working and speaking on issues of social and global relevance. Bright Future Speeches is a campaign from Unilever's Project Sunlight, an initiative designed to promote sustainable living and consumption. 

Harriet Beecher Stowe was a champion of the written word and harnessed the power of writing to galvanize readers to abolish slavery. In the same vain of these young activists, Stowe used the media of her day to draw attention to an issue of national importance.
What capacity do speeches have to promote change? What steps are necessary to move from talking or writing to conscious political or social action?  Check out the video above and let us know what you think! 

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