Teaching Black History: Aug. 9

Christine Woyshner, our friend who teaches in the Temple University School of Education, is running a four-day workshop on teaching African American history to teachers-to-be. She’s asked us to talk from 12:30 to 2 in Ritter Hall, Room 106, on the Temple campus. As of this writing, Dan and I have not discussed our presentation, but it’s safe to say we’ll tell stories about our research, writing and and what we think students ought to know.

June 6: Lincoln University, Ware Little Theater

We’re going back to Lincoln University to talk to educators attending an NEH Summer Institute as well as residents of two nearby retirement communities, Jenners Pond and Ware Presbyterian. We’re just one event in four days of meetings, panels and speakers at Lincoln.

April 18:Tasting Freedom Panel on Teaching Black History

Here’s a chance to get a free book. The first 200 people to sign up for this event will get a copy of Tasting Freedom.
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The Bernard C. Watson Chair in Urban Education at Temple University is sponsoring the panel from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Walk Auditorium in Ritter Hall, 1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave. Leaders of the Education Department at Temple, led by Assistant Dean Valerie Gay, have been supportive of “Tasting Freedom” as far back as when it was simply a book proposal. Now they are sponsoring a program to assist history and social studies educators in using the book in their classrooms.

Sept 30: Chestnut Hill Book Festival

We’ll be speaking, reading and signing books on Sunday, Sept. 30, as part of the fourth annual book festival. We’ll be at Roller’s Flying Fish Restaurant, 8142 Germantown Avenue, from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30. The festival has its own website and is on Facebook, and we know there is a long list of authors available, books to buy and events planned for the day.

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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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.