Talking to Philadelphia Teachers: May 21

We’ll be at Central High School, Room 208, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. as part of an all-morning Professional Collaboration at Central for teachers. We’ll be speaking and reading from the book with our friend, Masterman history department head Amy Cohen, who’s written a free curriculum guide for “Tasting Freedom.” Amy will be using lesson plans from the guide for the first time to show how the book may be used in class. This event is not open to the public, but it is to invited History, English and other teachers who would like to see demonstrated how the book may assist them in teaching American and African American history, and the civil rights movement in the 19th Century.

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.

Feb. 20: Pennsylvania Hospital

We’ve been invited to be part of a lecture series by the good folks at Pennsylvania Hospital as part of Black History Month. Our talk will be at noon in the Zubrow Auditorium, 8th and Spruce Streets. We’ll also sell some books and be happy to sign them.

Feb. 6 — Wilmington University

Our first 2013 Black History Month event will be at the Pratt Student Center at Wilmington University in New Castle, Del. We’ve been invited by the University’s Library, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Student Life Departments. After a talk, and a question and answer session, books will be available for sale and signing.

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A Call to Arms

Click to get a closer look, you can see the name of Octavius Catto at the bottom, as well as his father's.

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.