February 26: Julia R. Masterman School

Our favorite place to speak has always been in schools. So on Tuesday afternoon, we’ll be smiling as we talk about Octavius Catto, the Institute for Colored Youth and more to two high school black history classes at Masterman on Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia. Sorry, but this event is for Masterman students only.

We’re there because of Amy Cohen, head of the school’s history department and the author of the curriculum guide for Tasting Freedom, which should be available through Temple University Press in the spring or summer. By the way, for all the teachers out there — the curriculum guide will be FREE.

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