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Television. Radio. Newspaper interviews. Lectures. Book clubs. Churches. The authors of Tasting Freedom have events like these scheduled this month and next, are planning more each week.

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April 18, 2012

April 18:Tasting Freedom Panel on Teaching Black History

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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.

Start: April 18, 2012 5:00 pm
End: April 18, 2012 7:00 pm
Venue: Temple University
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1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave., Philadelphia, PA, United States

March 20, 2012

March 20: Lincoln University

Lincoln University students helped Octavius Catto integrate the streetcars in Philadelphia in 1866. From 4 – 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, we’ll get a chance to acknowledge their assistance and say thank you. We’ll be speaking at the “little theater” inside the Ware Center on the lovely Chester County campus, courtesy of an invitation from the Humanities and English departments.

Start: March 20, 2012 4:00 pm
End: March 20, 2012 5:30 pm
Venue: Lincoln University
Phone: 484-365-8000
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1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University, PA, United States, 19352

February 25, 2012

Feb. 25: Musehouse on Germantown Avenue

We eagerly go to Musehouse, the city’s newest center for the literary arts, to do a reading and talk about Philadelphia and the nation’s history in the midst of Black History Month. If you are unfamiliar with Musehouse, it’s a home where playwrights, poetry slammers, memoir and fiction writers and more can come together to share their work. We are two non-fiction writers, and we’ll be there from 7 p.m. to about 9.

Start: February 25, 2012 7:00 pm
End: February 25, 2012 9:00 pm
Venue: Musehouse
Phone: 215-331-9552
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7924 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19118

Feb. 25: Union League of Philadelphia

We’ll be guests at an historic ceremony at 12:30 as the Pennsylvania National Guard reclaims the lost “Catto Medal” and awards it once again to a deserving PNG soldier and airman. Created after Octavius Catto’s murder in 1871 to honor the former major in the National Guard, the award was mysteriously lost for what appears to be a century. Following the event, which we believe is invitation-only, copies of “Tasting Freedom” will be available for sale and signing. Earlier in the day, at 11 a.m., there will be a public wreath-laying in Catto’s memory at Sixth and Lombard. Catto was born on Feb. 22, 1839.

Start: February 25, 2012 11:00 am
End: February 25, 2012 11:45 am
Venue: Sixth and Lombard Streets
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Sixth and Lombard Streets, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Feb. 25: 11 a.m. Catto Memorial Service

Octavius Catto was born on February 22, 1839. There will be a memorial wreath-laying on Saturday to honor his life at Sixth and Lombard Streets, across from Mother Bethel Church. This will be a moment to remember an extraordinary man. Dan and I will be there. Anthony Waskie, a Temple university professor who has been a champion of Catto for many years, is the organizer of the event. Right after the wreath-laying, Waskie, Dan and I will be hurrying to the Union League to join other invited guests for the 12:30 awarding of the Catto Medal to a Pennsylvania National Guardsman.

Start: February 25, 2012 11:00 am
End: February 25, 2012 12:00 pm
Venue: Philadelphia streetcorner
Sixth and Lombard Streets, Philadelphia, PA, United States

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A Call to Arms

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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.