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February 2018

Storer College: To Emancipate the Mind and Soul

February 18 @ 2:00 pm
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia Harpers Ferry,WV25425United States + Google Map

On the grounds of historic Storer College, now the Stephen T. Mather Training Center of the National Park Service in Harpers Ferry, I will be participating in a panel on this school for former slaves founded in 1867.  It survived for several generations as a center of black education and culture until 1955, when it closed for lack of state funding, collateral damage from the U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring school segregation unconstitutional. The Park Service,, which acquired the college…

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Architecture & Design Film Festival

February 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW
Washington,DCUnited States
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I am honored to be moderating an afternoon panel during the launch of the first Architecture & Design Film Festival in DC, to be held at the National Building Museum. The Howard Hughes Corporation, master developer of the 14 million square foot redevelopment of Downtown Columbia, including the Merriweather district, is the presenting sponsor of the debut of a documentary film "The Experimental City," about a Utopian community, as well as of the panel immediately following the film. The film will…

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May 2018

6th Annual Washington Writers Conference: Don’t Miss It!

May 5
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center MDUnited States + Google Map

Since 2013, it's been my task and honor to be the chief organizer of panels and recruiter of panelists for the annual authors conference sponsored by the Washington Independent Review of Books, a nonprofit publication online since February 2011. My perk is I get to introduce the keynoters: Marie Arana, David Marannis, John Feinstein, Bob Woodward and Judith Viorst. At our sixth annual conference (formerly known as Books Alive!), I will be introducing Bob Schieffer, our keynote speaker and the…

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Five for Freedom at the 9th Annual Gaithersburg Book Festival

May 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Gaithersburg City Halll grounds Gaithersburg,MDUnited States + Google Map

I was thrilled to be a Featured Author at this 9th annual book festival held at the Gaithersburg, Md. City Hall grounds.  I discussed my new book FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army, a story from the past that very much resonates in the present. The rain did not dampen the event. Inside the James Michener Tent, I shared a stage with Paula Tarnapol Whitacre, author of A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time. Our topic: "Lives of…

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June 2018

Politics & Prose

June 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
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One day after its official publication, I discussed my new book FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army, at Washington, D.C.'s iconic independent book store.  FIVE FOR FREEDOM is an overlooked story from the past that speaks to the present. These five men -- Osborne Perry Anderson, Dangerfield Newby, Lewis Sheridan Leary, Shields Green and John Anthony Copeland -- have been treated as footnotes, if at all, to their martyred leader.  But, now, after 160 years,…

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July 2018

FIVE FOR FREEDOM comes to Fauquier County, Virginia

July 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Much of my research for FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African American Soldiers  in  John Brown's Army took place in Fauquier County, now known for its horse farms and vineyards but once part of the  plantation South dependent on slave labor.  Dangerfield Newby, one of the five, was from here.  Osborne Perry Anderson's uncle was born here.  My "One Bright Hope" chapter shines a light on this county in the Commonwealth of Virginia just an hour from the nation's capital.  The…

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Five for Freedom comes to the Lewes, Del. Public Library

July 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

I will be speaking with readers of FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army  at the Lewes, Delaware Public Library on the afternoon of July 18.  I look forward to a lively discussion of their story and what it means for us today.  They died to liberate their enslaved families and others.  It is very much a part of history that still resonates.

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Five for Freedom comes to Takoma Park, Md. Radio

July 23 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 am

On July 23, tune into WOWD-LP  - 94.3 FM, Takoma Park Radio, or stream it on the internet.  I will be speaking with host Mike Causey about FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African Americans in John Brown's Army, from 9-9:30 a.m.  The interview will be live-streamed from the station's website. This is a small, community station with a big heart and outreach from what is sometimes referred to as The Free Republic of Takoma Park, a progressive enclave in suburban Montgomery…

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August 2018

FIVE FOR FREEDOM Comes to Oasis at Montgomery Mall

August 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oasis at Montgomery Mall Bethesda,MD20817United States + Google Map

Learn about the five African Americans who were with John Brown at the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. He'll describe the world in which they grew up, how they came together at that fateful time and place, and the aftermath, including the lasting impact on generations of descendants. It is a story from the past that resonates in the present. Meyer will also talk about his research, his discoveries and the very human side of his journey.

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FIVE FOR FREEDOM Comes to Frederick, Maryland

August 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 East Patrick Street
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Curious? or a preview from the Curious Iguana bookstore website: Join us at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine’s Delaplaine-Randall Conference Room, 48 East Patrick Street in Downtown Frederick, to hear author Eugene Meyer discuss his latest book, Five for Freedom: The African American Soldiers in John Brown’s Army. Free event; no registration required. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Presented in partnership with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. For the full…

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