MOUNT VERNON — She lived her life in the center of what many would regard the 20th Century’s most consequential events, the Great Depression, World War II, the establishment of the United Nations and the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She confronted both opportunity and adversity with a sense of optimism and determination. A former Democratic presidential candidate, Adlai Stevenson, once said of Eleanor Roosevelt, “She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness.”
Although she had already won international respect and admiration in her role as First Lady to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt’s work on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights would become her greatest legacy. She was without doubt, the most influential member of the UN’s Commission on Human Rights.
Kathie Dice, of Canton, will be making her Mount Vernon debut in the portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt, a character she has been presenting all around Ohio for several years and one for whom she has tremendous respect and hero worship.
“I’ve always felt Eleanor stood up and gave women and minorities of the world someone to look up to and someone who spoke for them,” Dice said. “She was an amazing human being at a critical time in our country’s history and someone that needs to continually be re-introduced to audiences as we try to forge our own path without her.”
Opening for Eleanor Roosevelt will be the Mount Vernon Players presenting the highly popular recreations of 1940’s golden age radio shows.
Kathie Dice and the Mount Vernon Players will appear at ThePlace@TheWoodward, 111 S. Main St., Mount Vernon, on Thursday at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. This event is presented on a donation basis by Elixir and the Ohio Humanities Council. For more information call 393-6102.
Published on February 22, 2012