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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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I'll be discussing my new book FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army, 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, they take center stage for the first time in this work that talks about the world…

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