Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
6 p.m. - Cincinnati Reds Game (7:10 p.m. Game)
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center invites the Cincinnati community to join Freedom Center President Dr. Clarence G. Newsome, at the Cincinnati Reds Game against the Atlanta Braves as he throws at the ceremonial first pitch to celebrate the 10thAnniversary of the Freedom Center. Click here for Reds ticket information.
“OK, so who are the most important people at the Freedom Center?” I asked the Youth Docents. We were doing a training on communication and customer service, and to be honest the answer I was fishing for was “visitors.” The first answer I got, however, was an important reminder.
Only a 9-year-old would dream that a lemonade stand could free 500 enslaved children. What followed became so much bigger. After seeing a photo of two enslaved boys in Nepal, Vivienne Harr is moved to help in the only way she knows how: by setting up her lemonade stand. With the goal of freeing 500 children from a life of slavery, she sets up her stand every day, rain or shine. As Vivienne's vision begins to show promise for something greater, her community stands with her — and she develops her own Social Purpose Company.
After watching the film, Twelve Years A Slave, my colleague, Rich Cooper, and I were reeling with emotions. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance as Solomon Northup gave us goosebumps – not to mention the performances by Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o. Everyone I talked to was processing the film days later, and we realized how important it was to work through the emotions this film rattled inside of us.
Through permanent and traveling exhibits, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center shares the stories of freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring us all.