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Todd M. Mealy, Ph.D.  



Welcome to, the online home of history author, founder of the Equity Institute for Race-Conscious Pedagogy, LLC, founder of True Colors, and Director of Equity and Instruction at The Bond Educational Group, Todd M. Mealy! Todd is the author of seven books, including the strongly endorsed Race Conscious Pedagogy: Disrupting Racism at Majority White Schools (2020); Displaced: A Holocaust Memoir and the Road to a New Beginning with Linda Schwab (2019); Glenn Killinger, All American: Penn State's World War I Era Sports Hero (2018); This Is the Rat Speaking: Black Power and the Promise of Racial Consciousness at Franklin and Marshall College in the Age of the Takeover (2017); Legendary Locals of Harrisburg (2014), Aliened American: A Biography of William Howard Day, 1825-1900, Vols. I and II (2010); and Biography of an Antislavery City: Antislavery Activists, Abolitionists, and Underground Railroad Operatives in Harrisburg, Pa (2007). Todd authored a chapter in From the Pews: The Story of the Bethel AME Church in Harrisburg (2015). He has also published several articles in Pennsylvania Heritage and American Heritage.

Todd's scholarship on the Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania along with Black abolitionist and educator William Howard Day has been cited in works by Steve Luxenberg (Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation), Richard Blackett (Making Freedom: The Underground Railroad and the Politics of Slavery), and the late Hari Jones ("Deciphering the African American Mystery in American History"). His research on Glenn Killinger is also featured in Anne R. Keene's acclaimed book The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II (2018).

Mealy holds a Ph.D. from Penn State University. He also attained a Master's degree from the same institution, where he was the 2014 recipient of the John S. Patterson Award for academic and creative achievement. In 2018, he received the university's Sue Samuelson Award for his doctoral dissertation.

He is a contributing writer for Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine. His publications in the magazine include pieces about the 19th-century trials that led to the end of legal segregation in Pennsylvania's public schools; the abolitionist and cofounder of the Liberty Party Francis Julius LeMoyne; an All-American football player from Penn State who reached the pinnacle of his career following World War I named Glenn Killinger; the 100-year history of the Penn State Nittany Lions - Pittsburgh Panthers football rivalry; and the greatest African American women's tennis and basketball player before World War II, Ora Mae Washington.

Todd's two most recent publications in Pennsylvania Heritage are "Muhammad Ali at Fighter's Heaven," a 4,000-word article examining the eight years Muhammad Ali spent training at a long-forgotten training camp in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, and "Without Fear and without Reproach: Octavius V. Catto and the Early Civil Rights Movement in Pennsylvania," which explores the life of Octavius Catto, an African American civil rights activist and educator killed in Philadelphia trying to protect Black voters on October 10, 1871, just a year after the ratification of the 15th Amendment.

His next contribution to Pennsylvania Heritage is "Fastest Man on Earth: Barney Ewell and the Story of Two Missed Olympics" (Forthcoming, Winter 2022).

The newest book written by Todd is Race Conscious Pedagogy: Disrupting Racism at Majority White Schools (McFarland Publishing, Inc., 2020). It is an appeal for race-conscious educational approaches at predominantly white high schools. The book's Foreword is written by Dr. Terrence Roberts, known for his role as one of the Little Rock Nine students that desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957 and the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Writing the Afterword is philosopher George Yancy, author of several books on race, including Across Black Spaces; Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly About Race in America; and On Race: 34 Conversations in a Time of Crisis.

Todd has three books in the pipeline. The first, titled The N-Word in Music: An American History, explores the history of the N-word in minstrelsy, ragtime, blues, rock 'n' roll, country, and rap. The N-Word in Music is scheduled for publication in April 2022. Also in 2022 is the first of a two-volume publication Todd is co-editing with Dr. Heather Bennett titled Equity in the Classroom: Essays on Curricular and Pedagogical Approaches to Empowering All Students. The second volume, scheduled for publication in 2023, is tentatively titled Critically Engaging Education: Forging a New Path for Equitable Schools Through Equity Leadership Strategies from the Classroom to the Board Room. The two edited volumes are a co-publishing collaboration between RCP Publishing and McFarland Publishing & Co.

In 2020, Todd launched the Equity Institute for Race Conscious Pedagogy, LLC to advance equity scholarship to help educators design culturally inclusive curriculum and to work alongside counselors and classroom instructors to help students achieve their full academic potential. Founded to help educators, the institute carries a research agenda to enhance culturally conscious pedagogies through academic publications, professional development, curriculum design consulting, podcasting, and research projects. 

Todd also is an adjunct professor in the History Department at Dickinson College, where he teaches courses about United States history and race, gender, and sports. At Dickinson, Todd collaborates with the House Divided Project to lead teacher-training workshops and programming for low-income, first-generation, students.

Mealy was born in Bradford in 1979, grew up in Harrisburg, and currently lives in Lancaster with his wife, Melissa, son, Carter, and daughter, Adeline. He has taught in Lancaster County public schools since 2001. He spends summers traveling to countries in Europe, Asia, and South America. He also coached high school football for 22 years. These experiences helped shape his focus on issues related to social justice, race theory, political history, and sports culture.