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Chautauqua events at LWC spotlight state's progressive voices
By Duane Bonifer
COLUMBIA, KY - The first of three of progressive voices from Kentucky's past will be heard March 2, 2016, at Lindsey Wilson College.
Actress Kelly O'Connell Brengelman of Midway, KY, will bring to life Madeline McDowell Breckinridge, a state and national leader in the woman's suffrage movement. "Votes for Women!" - which is free and open to the public - will be at 2:30pmCT Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in the Norma and Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship, 402 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY.
Brengelman's portrayal of Madeline McDowell Breckinridge is a Kentucky Chautauqua performance, made possible by the Kentucky Humanities Council.
Breckinridge played an instrumental role in getting Kentucky to ratify the U.S. Constitution's 19th amendment, which granted American women the right to vote. The great-granddaughter of Kentucky statesman Henry Clay, Breckinridge worked to advance the living conditions of the poor, establish programs for education, change the outlook for child welfare and juvenile rehabilitation, and to promote the need for tuberculosis research.
Breckinridge died at the age of 48 on Thanksgiving Day 1920, but she was able to vote in one U.S. presidential election.
"She wrote articles for the Lexington Herald that promoted social causes to improve the lives of others, largely women and children," said Lindsey Wilson Director of Library Services Phil Hanna, who oversees LWC's cultural affairs programming. "But women's rights were her most important cause, so she lobbied for the right for women to vote."
Obadiah Ewing-Roush will perform 'John Fee'
Obadiah Ewing-Roush of Madison, TN, will perform "John Fee: Abolition .... Amen!" at 2:30pmCT, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the W.W. Slider Humanities Center Recital Hall, 155 Blue Raider Drive, Columbia, KY. Fee was an abolitionist and the founder of groundbreaking Berea College.
Janet Scott will perform 'Mary Settles'
Janet Scott of Lexington, KY, will perform "Mary Settles: Building the Beloved Community," the story of the last living Shaker woman in Kentucky, at 7pmCT April 5, 2016 at Slider Recital Hall, 155 Blue Raider Drive, Columbia, KY.
Hanna said the three individuals show that while Kentucky is often associated with being a conservative state, it also has a history of strong progressive voices.
"Each presents a Kentuckian who has worked to create a better society, even in the faces of forces that were against them," he said. "Each of these people lived their lives to create a better society by challenging the status quo or by working to create a utopian society, in one case."
For more information about the Kentucky Chautauqua events, contact Hanna at firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-384-8250.
This story was posted on 2016-03-02 04:44:16
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