April 30: Catto Panel Discussion

As part of the Mann Center’s Philadelphia Freedom Festival, there will be a Scholarly Panel Discussion from 4 to 6 p.m. in Mitten Hall on the Temple University campus. The event is sponsored by the Charles L. Blockson Collection and 900 AM-WURD, and will be broadcast live by WURD. The panel will be composed of local members of the academic and activist communities — as well as the two authors of “Tasting Freedom” — and will discuss the life and impact of O.V. Catto. There will also be a performance of the Cheyney University Concert Choir. The event is free and open to the public. Other events of the six-month-long Philadelphia Freedom Festival can be seen at http://www.manncenter.org/philadelphia-freedom-festival

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