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January 2019

Keynote: The 2019 Montgomery County History Conference

January 26, 2019
Montgomery College Germantown Campus

Each year in January, the Montgomery County Historical Society holds a day-long conference on various aspects of local history.  Upwards of 200 people attend this annual gathering, which has been held since 2007.  It is a great event for local history buffs and anyone interested in learning more about Maryland's most populous jurisdiction.  From a 1900 population of about 30,000, the county now has more than 1 million inhabitants. Formerly homogeneous, it is today a vibrant multi-cultural mosaic of people from…

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FIVE FOR FREEDOM Comes to Barnes&[email protected]

January 26, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Barnes&Noble @Howard, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW
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I am proud and thrilled to be bringing the story of FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army to the Howard University campus on January 26.  This is the  story of five "hidden figures" overshadowed for 160 by their martyred commander.  It is not only about how and why these brave freedom fighters came together at a time and place -- Harpers Ferry in October 1859 -- but also about the world into which they were…

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February 2019

Five for Freedom Comes to the Montgomery County Historical Society

February 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Five for Freedom Comes to Manassas

February 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10, FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army comes to the Manassas Museum.  Details to come.

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FIVE FOR FREEDOM comes to Oberlin, Ohio

February 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oberlin Heritage Center, 20 W Vine St,
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I have been invited to be the featured speaker for the Oberlin Heritage Center on Feb. 12, 2019, during Black History Month. The venue will be Oberlin's historic First Church, which played a major role in the antislavery cause and was the site of a memorial service for John Anthony Copeland, one of the Five for Freedom.  More details to come.

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FIVE FOR FREEDOM comes to Mitchellville, Md.

February 17, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This is a private event to raise money for the Hurston/Wright Foundation, whose mission is to discover, mentor and honor Black writers.  I am delighted to contribute to this worthy cause. While this is not open to the general public, I welcome other opportunities to speak to groups -- small or large -- in homes or larger venues.  Please submit a request under the SPEAKING tab on this website.

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FIVE FOR FREEDOM at the Smthsonian Anacostia Community Museum

February 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE
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FIVE FOR FREEDOM comes to Leesburg!

February 24, 2019 @ 2:00 am
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On Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m.,  I'll be speaking in Leesburg, Va., as part of the Winter-Spring Lecture Series at the Thomas Balch Library.  This wonderful library in the seat of Loudoun County is among the first institutions I visited as I began my research for FIVE FOR FREEDOM, my book about the five African Americans who went with John Brown to Harpers Ferry in October 1859.  The Friends of Thomas Balch Library will be publicizing this event in…

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May 2019

Hidden Histories Panel at Washington Writers Conference

May 11, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, https://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/wasbn-bethesda-north-marriott-hotel-and-conference-center/ + Google Map

Excited to participate in seventh annual writers conference sponsored by the Washington Independent Review of Books.  Previously, I was the main organizer of panels and recruiter of panelists and speakers.  This year, I'm pleased to be a mere panelist!  The subject "Hidden Histories" fits in well with my book FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army.  And I'm pleased to be sharing the stage with Paul Whitacre (A Civil Life in An Uncivil Time), Patty Pearson…

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