Please join us! We’re celebrating the 200th birthday of Abby Kelley Foster
2:30pm, Saturday, January 15, 2011
Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room, Salem Square
With a lecture by Dr. William Casey King
Abby Kelley Foster: The Unsung Hero of the Abolitionist Movement
Who was Abby Kelley Foster? A leading nineteenth-century abolitionist and women's rights activist who lived in Worcester, Abby dedicated her life to social justice. She worked relentlessly to end both race and gender prejudice. At a time when society demanded that women be silent, submissive and obedient, Abby was none of these.
Dr. King's work includes a PBS documentary on the life and works of the African American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner, co-produced with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and a children's book on the civil rights movement titled Oh, Freedom! published by Alfred A. Knopf, with foreword by Rosa Parks. He earned a doctorate from Yale University where he was honored to be the final doctoral student of historian David Brion Davis. He served at Harvard as Executive Director of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute under the direction of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and currently he serves as Executive Director of the Yale Center for Analytical Sciences at the Yale School of Medicine and Public Health. He has recently completed a book on the Problem of Ambition in America's Self-Making, which details the transformation of ambition from vice to virtue in the early modern Atlantic world.
Free and Open to the Public
Light Refreshments Served