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Todd M. Mealy, Ph.D.  

Website of HISTORIAN and EDUCATOR, Todd M. Mealy

Race Conscious Pedagogy: Disrupting Racism at Majority White Schools

In 1935, W.E.B. Du Bois asked, "Does the Negro need separate schools?" His stunning query spoke to the erasure of cultural relevancy in the classroom and to reassurances given to White supremacy through curricula and pedagogy. Two decades later, as the Supreme Court ordered public schools to desegregate, educators still overlooked the intimations of his question. This book reflects upon the role K-12 education has played in enabling America's enduring racial tensions. Combining historical analysis, personal experience, and a theoretical exploration of critical race pedagogy, this book calls for placing race at the center of the pedagogical mission.

A Holocaust Memoir and the Road to a New Beginning

Displaced is Linda Schwab’s Holocaust memoir, a retelling of her experience surviving 18 months in a man-made cave, another year as an exile in Poland and Germany, and three years as a refugee in a displaced persons camp. Just six years old when a band of Nazi soldiers arrived in her tiny shtetl in Myadel, Poland, Linda observed atrocities no child ever needs to witness. With her parents and two brothers, during the summer of 1942, Linda was forcibly relocated into a ghetto where most of the Jewish men were led to the nearby forest and killed in a pogrom. After the massacre, Linda escaped with her family into the Ponar Forest, but only after evading Polish nationals and Nazis that patrolled Poland's countryside. Deep in the woods, Linda’s family lived in a cave. They survived brutal winters, eluded partisan fighters that might force Linda’s father to leave the family, and remained out of sight from Nazis and Polish police, who at one point, came only feet from their dugout.

Written with historian Todd M. Mealy during a time when Holocaust deniers aim to rehabilitate the Nazi ideology and as roughly 400,000 survivors remain with us, Displaced presents Schwab’s singular voice. Her narrative will help maintain—if not bolster—Holocaust knowledge, as her story of surviving the Polish wilderness during WWII and in a Displaced Persons Camp after the war is unique from most accounts. Displaced will inspire the rest of us to confront hatred in its many forms.

This first biography of W. Glenn Killinger highlights his tenure as a nine-time varsity letterman at Penn State, where he emerged as one of the best football, basketball and baseball players in the U.S. Situating Killinger in his time and place, the author explores the ways in which home-front culture during World War I--focused on heroism, masculinity and sporting culture--created the demand for sports and sports icons and drove the ascent of college athletics in the first quarter of the 20th century.

This Is the Rat Speaking

The demise of the so-called Jim Crow laws in 1964 and 1965 and the victory of the civil rights movement rung hollow in the ears of most African Americans. While segregation was still held in practice in many places of the South, systemic forms of racism permeated Northern society. As uncertainty and distrust pervaded African American communities after 1966, the maligned Black Panther Party filled the void, especially among Baby Boomers who moved the African American liberation movement farther to the left. During this difficult time when the country was torn apart by issues of race and poverty, as well as the escalation of the war in Vietnam, unrest seemed to prevail at a myriad of colleges and universities across the United States where newly formed Afro-American Societies and Black Student Unions pressed for pedagogical change suited to the liberation doctrine coming from the Black Left. Spring 1969 was a particularly explosive semester as African American students occupied administrative buildings and common areas at both historically black and predominantly white colleges up and down the East Coast.

This Is the Rat Speaking is Todd M. Mealy’s effort at reconstructing the May 22, 1969 black student uprising at Franklin and Marshall College. Using Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and Franklin and Marshall College as his setting, Mealy revisits the role and influence of the Black Panthers and delves into how activism for black studies curriculum emerged within the Black Power movement of the 1960s. Based on oral history testimony, investigation reports, and judicial records, this book will provoke discussion from different perspectives.

Aliened American: A Biography of William Howard Day, 1825 to 1865: Volume 1

Article November 29, 2016 - "Teacher's book inspires William Howard Day Award."

William Howard Day was one of the nineteenth century's most profound civil rights heroes. During his lifetime, Day collaborated intimately with Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, David Ruggles, Henry Highland Garnet, and Martin Delany. In 1858, while living in Canada, Day was hired by John Brown to print the soon-to-be-martyr's constitution. Biographer Todd M. Mealy has taken extreme measures to unearth one of the most important studies of the civil rights movement. 

Based on recently undiscovered documents, especially letters, minutes, and speeches of people who worked with Day, Aliened American is the first biography of this courageous figure. Mealy has carefully recounted Day's profound record as an educator, preacher, and secretary in the A.M.E. Zion Church, newspaper publisher, and unvarnished orator for the Republican Party, Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, Colored Citizens League, and the Equal Rights League - all of which ignited the civil rights movement.

Aliened American, a 2010 Frederick Douglass Book Prize finalist, is printed in two volumes.

Aliened American: A Biography of William Howard Day, 1865 to 1900: Volume 2

This second volume covers the second half of William Howard Day's life. From Reconstruction to the age of Imperialism, Mealy spends much of this volume describing the origins of the civil rights movement as Day leads communities in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Day's rivalry with Frederick Douglass is a major focus of the first several chapters. As Day's life nears its end, it becomes apparent that Day left a lasting impact on the lives of Pennsylvanians. Mealy writes a touching account of the last three years of Day's life before his death of paralysis on December 3, 1900.

Legendary Locals of Harrisburg

With images taken from the archives of the Dauphin County Historical Society, as well as family collections, Legendary Locals of Harrisburg encompasses biographical tributes that celebrate the deeds of actors, musicians, artists, teachers, athletes, humanitarians, politicians, veterans, firemen, and community leaders who have added a peculiar brand of Harrisburg's rich cultural tapestry.

William Howard Day, an educator, and John Harris, who established Harrisburg, are two pioneers. Edward Stackpole, of Stackpole Books, and Theophilus Fenn, editor of the Telegraph, have forged the way for the city's writers. The first secretary of homeland security, Tom Ridge, and Simon Cameron, secretary of war under Lincoln, are among world-renowned politicians who have contributed to Harrisburg's valued reputation. From rival high school football coaches to dueling business owners, from civic leaders building an integrated city to aspiring young people embarking on independent journeys to the big screen, these profiles of real lives and real heroes show us that we all have contributed to the development of our own communities.


From the Pews: The Story of the Bethel AME Church in Harrisburg

The stories contained in "From the Pews" are organized around the six locations that Harrisburg's Bethel AME church has occupied in its history; Meadow Lane, Short Street, State Street, Briggs Street, and Sixth and Herr Streets. Todd Mealy is one of five authors that tell the story of the AME Church in Pennsylvania's capital city. Mealy's chapter, titled "Freedom Moments," covers the origins of the church up to the year 1863, when brethren gathered to compose a public declaration in response to President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.

Todd Mealy with then-Senator Barack Obama on May 22, 2007.

Above: Todd is with Bettina L. Love, author of We Want to do More Than Survive at the Summer Institute on Education, Equity, and Justice, July 28, 2019.

Todd giving the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day lecture at Widener Univ. Law School.

Todd with Michelle Obama on January 28, 2008 in Columbia, South Carolina.

Todd Mealy in 2008 with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power

Todd with Sarah McBride at Dickinson College, March 2019.

Todd Mealy talking sports with the media in Dublin, Ireland, August 2014.

Above: Todd is with Adam Foss, whose 2016 Ted Talk has made him one of the leading activists working to reinvent the role of criminal prosecutors. (At the We Rise Tour with Van Jones, August 3, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA)

In 2013, Todd appeared on Comcast's HBG-TV20 Civil War series "Unfinished Work".

Todd with abs27's Amy Kehm on the set of Good Day PA!, May 22, 2017.

Todd with ABC-27's Amy Kehm, host of "Good Day, PA!" on October 4, 2014.

Fox 43's Amanda McCall interviewed Todd in September 2014.

On August 28, 2014, Todd met the Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke. The two talked about Wm. Howard Day's 1859 visit to Dublin.