Jan. 19: Tatnall School

We rise early today and drive south to Delaware to speak to students at the prestigious Tatnall School in suburban Wilmington. This college preparatory institution is a well-known educational diamond in the state. This is the week that Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthday is celebrated and we will be sure to connect Octavius Catto with Dr. King.

Feb 24: Life Long Learning at Temple

It’s a good bet that it will be cold outside, but we’ll be cozy indoors as we speak at the morning Friday Forum of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Temple University’s center-city campus. In addition to OLLI students, this event is open to the public, so please stop by to Room 222, 1515 Market Street. We’ll be signing and selling books as well. The formal event is 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., but we’ll try and get there around 10 to chat with folks.

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.

Jan. 18: Cathedral Village

We head northwest into the Andorra neighborhood of Philadelphia and visit with the Cathedral Village retirement community. Our event is at 7:30 p.m. and we’ll be there until about 9 p.m. If you are a relative or a friend of a Cathedral Village resident, please stop by. We’ll be reading, answering questions, and selling and signing copies of the book.

Dec. 14: Asso of Philadelphia Tour Guides

We do a tour of our book for Philly tour guides at their monthly meeting at Bridget Foy’s Restaurant, 2nd and South Streets. Not open to the public, but we’re told that members often bring spouses and friends — so make a friend of a tour guide. We’ll be signing and selling books after our 7 p.m. event.

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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.