June 7: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Beverly, N.J.

We’re heading to Beverly, N.J. at the request of two organizations that care about American history — The Friends of the Beverly Free Library and the Riverfront Historical Society. They try and plan an event each June to commemorate “Juneteenth,” so that bigger and bigger audiences can learn more about the civil rights history of our country. We’ll be speaking, answering questions and then selling and signing copies of “Tasting Freedom.” The event is free and open to the public. Anyone seeking more information may go to FriendsoftheBFL@aol.com

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

April 21, Kendall Retirement Community in KennettSquare

We’re returning to the continuing care retirement community at Kendall. We were there last Spring and enjoyed ourselves so much and got such a nice reception that the kind folks who head their speaker’s program invited us back. This time, as the new baseball season is beginning, we’ll focus our remarks on America’s past time, its beginnings, the start of black baseball in the United States and the story of the first game pitting a black team vs. a white one, which happened in Philadelphia and was covered on Page 1 by the New York Times. We hope to sell and sign some books as well.

March 7, Chester County Historical Society

We venture out to West Chester on a Friday night to join the Historical Society in its day-long program for National History Day entitled “Rights and Responsibilities.” This is the 25th year the Historical Society has been regional coordinator for National History Day, but the first time they have hosted the competition in their own building and also the first time they’ve invited us. The senior division program starts at 4 pm, and we hope some of the students, parents and teachers will stay for our talk on Octavius Catto and the little-known civil rights movement in the 19th century. Our talk is also open to Society members and the public. We’ll sign and sell copies of “Tasting Freedom” as well.

Oct. 13, Elizabeth Spiritual Worship Center. Wilmington, Delaware.

This is your chance to hear Dan Biddle speak from the pulpit as he tells the story of Octavius Catto and the Civil Rights movement in the mid-1800s. You can be sure he will include a Delaware tale or two. Murray is out of town, so this will be Dan going solo to church members, their guests and the Rev. William L. Austin Jr. The church website is www.elizabethworshipcenter.com.

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This broadside is eight feet high and was seen on windows in downtown Philadelphia in June, 1863, as black leaders called a meeting to convince black men to join the Union Army prior to Gettysburg.