May 6: Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church

We are honored to return to Mother Bethel to speak to congregants after Sunday services. Rev. Mark Kelly-Tyler was kind enough to invite us to speak in early in 2010, before the book was published. Now we’re delighted to come back, book in hand, to thank the pastor again for his assistance in our book research and to recount a story or two about the the civil rights events that happened inside the historic church in the 1800s. We’re also happy to come back to the church to commemorate the 200th birthday of civil rights leader Martin Delany, a man we write about.

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