Nov. 13: African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas

O.V.  Catto was a congregant at St. Thomas 140 years ago, and On Sunday morning, Nov. 13, we will attend 10 a.m. services and then speak tothe congregation at 1 p.m.  We’ve done book research at the church and are excited to return. Books will be available for sale and signing as

Oct. 24 — University of Delaware

We’ll be in Delaware for the first time, speaking in Newark to faculty and students and anyone else who stops by Memorial Hall at the University of Delaware. Our talk, sponsored by the English department,  is at 5 p.m. and I imagine we’ll be there until about 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Sept. 22, on the Penn campus

We lunch at the Inn at Penn with the Association of Senior & Emeritus Faculty and then talk about “Tasting Freedom.” Group sounds like a bunch of top-notch professors who probably know more than we do.  Murray may be out of town, so this could be Dan vs.  some academic heavyweights.

Sept. 13: Camden County College, Blackwood, N.J.

We have been asked to be the Constitution Day speakers on Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the Forum Room of the college’s Connector Building.  Sounds like the event is going to start about noon and end about 1:30. We’ll be reading from “Tasting Freedom” and signing books, too. Please stop by if you are in the neighborhood.

Aug. 27: Brothers Network Book Club

Sandy Smith, an old friend and veteran university pr man, has invited us to the next meeting of the Brothers Network book club, a group of African American men who meet to discuss books they have read. The 2 p.m. meeting will be in Philadelphia at Robin’s Books/Moonstone Arts Center, on 13th Street just off Sansom, on the second floor.



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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.