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Julia Ward Howe addresses Northfield citizens
Submitted by Scott Schumacher on Sat, 04/30/2005 - 8:39pm
Julia Ward Howe (1819 - 1910), the famed writer of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, as well as poet and women's rights activist, traveled back to earth through time to address Northfield's citizens on Bridge Square on Saturday, April 29. Following the peace vigil by members of the People for Peace and Goodwill, Howe read her famous Mother's Day Proclaimation that she read in 1870 as a call to action for women to organize for peace.
"I've come back to Earth today to address women and mothers once again," proclaimed Ms. Howe.
Howe (portrayed by local resident Sharon Gates-Hull) also met with members of PPG and volunteers with the Community Composting Project of The Center for Sustainable Living. Howe took time to talk about composting in the 1800s, as well as ask where she could obtain a stylish new hat, similar to that worn by Kristen Melby (pictured - left).
Sharon Gates-Hull's street theatre portrayal of Julia Ward Howe was derived from her involvement in Code Pink, a women initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement that seeks positive social change through proactive, creative protest and non-violent direct action.
The author of this post is a member of PPG and on the Board of the Center for Sustainable Living.