I think this is about the perfect time of year—especially here in the Carolinas.
The flowering plants are working overtime to please us. Skies are gorgeous. No air conditioning bills. At least for a few weeks. And a zillion great activities.
Check out a three week event at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, called “Create Carolina”. It is in its second year. (Now for the disclosures: my spouse teaches at Winthrop; also, Winthrop is a financial underwriter of WFAE for this series).
That said, several of us at WFAE are captivated by colleague Kim Brooks’ description of a theatrical piece she is starring in, “Victoria and Frederick for President”. The plot is set shortly after the civil war. It provides a new way of looking at the Clinton-Obama contest and realizing that what is new is old again.
Here’s how Kim describes the play:
“The year was 1872, the country was in the midst of Reconstruction, President Lincoln had been assassinated, and abolitionists and suffragists alike were fighting for the rights and privileges of full citizenship for all people. The United States was in need of a new direction and there were a pair of unlikely candidates ready to take the charge.
Victoria Woodhull, the first female stockbroker, announced her intention to run for President of the United States with running mate and newly freed slave, Frederick Douglass. “Victoria and Frederick for President” is a wonderful commentary on the power of the human spirit and what can happen when disenfranchised, marginalized members of society band together to make change.
Here’s the web site for the three-week Create Carolina event at Winthrop: