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28 September 2016
Title Time Duration Description
Yours for Humanity: Abby Kelley Foster by Lynne McKenney Lyd 7:00 PM 1 hour(s), 30 minutes About the Presentation:
"Yours for Humanity —Abby" is a program of the Worcester Women’s History Project. This inspiring one-woman play is based on the letters and speeches of Abby Kelley Foster. Travel back to 1854 and enter Abby’s world—a tumultuous time when social and political differences divided our country. Hear Abby’s emotionally powerful orations against slavery and prejudice, which changed the hearts and minds of many. See how one person can effect extraordinary changes in society by sheer determination, perseverance, and hard work.

About Abby Kelley Foster:
Abby Kelley Foster (1811-1887), radical abolitionist and women’s rights activist, dedicated her life to social justice, working 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. Despite constant harassment and intense ridicule, Abby spent nearly twenty years traveling across the nation as a lecturer for the American Anti-Slavery Society, becoming its pre-eminent public speaker and most successful fundraiser. Those bold actions put her at the forefront of the women’s rights movement. Throughout her life Abby struggled to balance her work as an anti-slavery lecturer with her role as a loving wife and mother. Abby, her husband Stephen, and her daughter Alla, lived on a farm in Worcester, Massachusetts, now called Liberty Farm. It was a stop on the Underground Railroad and is a National Historic Landmark. Abby Kelley Foster is a 2011 Inductee into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the National Abolition Hall of Fame.

About the Presenter:
Lynne McKenney Lydick is an actress and activist. Portraying Abby Kelley Foster combines her passion for acting with her (and Abby’s) passionate conviction that “all people are created equal and deserve to be free.”