May 13, 2012
May 13th – Mother’s Day the way Julia Ward Howe envisioned it.
In honor of Mother’s Day, I will be speaking this Sunday on the subject “The Legacy of Julia Ward Howe.” I believe Julia Ward Howe is among the top 100 most important figures in American history. In the second half of her life, she focused on the causes of pacifism and women’s suffrage. In 1870 Howe was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day. She was the founder and president of the Association of American Women, a group which advocated for women’s education, from 1876 to 1897. She also served as president of organizations like the New England Women’s Club, the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association, the New England Suffrage Association, and the American Woman Suffrage Association. Sunday I will be exploring Julia Ward Howe’s life, her legacy and the special meaning she gave to “Mother’s Day” in her “Mother’s Day Proclamation.“ I look forward to seeing you Sunday.
Sunday’s music will feature the Orange Coast Choir singing “Who Will Fight No More Forever,” with lyrics based on the surrender speech of Chief Joseph.