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Todd M. Mealy, Ph.D.  

Website of HISTORIAN and EDUCATOR, Todd M. Mealy

Above: Todd with Jane Elliott in Osage, Iowa, Sept. 4, 2021

Above: Todd with Eddie Glaude at Franklin and Marshall College, Sept. 12, 2019

Above: Todd Mealy with Van Jones, CNN Commentator and cofounder of Dream Corps, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the Love Army (August 3, 2017, Philadelphia, PA)

Todd is with Washington Post Associate Editor and author of Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation (April 25, 2019).

Above: Todd with Marc Lamont Hill, 1/15/18 (Millersville University, Millersville, PA)

Above: Todd serving as moderator of a student panel at the Pennsylvania School Board Association Equity Summit in Hershey PA, Oct. 14, 2019.

Above: Todd addressing a crowd at the Oxford Historical Society, Oxford, PA, October 10, 2017.

Above: Todd speaking at the Millersville Area Historical Society, August 12, 2017.

Todd delivering a talk on Martin Luther King and Black Power at Elizabethtown College, Dec. 5, 2017.

Above and below, Todd speaks about William Howard Day, the first African American on the PSBA, at the annual Pennsylvania School Board Association Conference in Hershey, PA October 22, 2014.

Todd on January 19, 2012 with former advisor to Pres. Clinton and political commentator Paul Begala.

Todd with political commentator and great-granddaughter of Pres. Hoover Margaret Hoover, January 19, 2012.

Todd with Hari Jones of the National African American History Museum, August 16, 2015.

Todd with HUD Secretary Julian Castro and twin brother Rep. Joaquin Castro, January 19, 2012.

News and Events





March 28, 2022

Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, Virginia

"A Conversation on Hate Speech: History, Culture, and a School-Centered Solution"

February 9, 2022, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES

We Are Here...A Virtual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference

Lecture Title (1:00 p.m.): "Customizing Instruction: In Pursuit of Curricular Equity at Diversifying Schools"

Register here

January 18, 2022, 10:30 a.m.

Arlington Public Schools

"Perception Filters: One Aspect of Equity and Sports Leadership"

July 15, 2021, 6:00 P.M. EST

The Dorothy Height Book Club

"This Is the Rat Speaking"

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July 18, 2021

Book TV, PCN

"This Is the Rat Speaking"

Information here:

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April 1, 2021, 7 P.M.

"Pedagogy, Patience, and Persistence: An Academic Equity Curriculum Guide for Educators"

Antiracist Summit

Millersville University

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April 13, 2021, 4:00 P.M.

"Pedagogy, Patience, and Persistence: An Academic Equity Curriculum Guide for Educators"

PSSC - Penn State University College of Education

February 2, 2021 (Specific date and time TBA)

The Equity Summit

Virtual, Washington D.C.

Presentation Title: "Disrupting Racism at Majority White Schools"

December 15, 2020, 7 P.M.

"A Discussion with Connor Towne O'Neill, Confederate Monuments and Race Conscious Instruction"

Virtual, Midtown Scholar Bookstore

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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October 9, 2020

National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Conference: "Living Multicultural Education: Peace and Justice thru the Ballot Box and Activism"

September 17, 2020

"A Discussion 'With' Injustice"

Alvernia University

June 5, 2020

"I Can't Breath Series" Educators' Episode

The Bond Educational Group

District of Columbia

June 4, 2020

"What is happening? Why are communities burning?"

YWCA Lancaster, Lancaster, PA

June 1, 2020

WITF Smart Talk with Scott Lamar

"Black people feel under siege after recent violent deaths and incidents."

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May 4, 2020

Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Harrisburg, PA

"A Conversation with Todd Mealy and Linda Schwab: A Holocaust Survival Story"

February 21, 2020

T.C. Williams High School, Alexandria, VA

"Revolutionary Teaching in the 21st Century: A History"

October 15, 2019

Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Cocoa Rooms

"Lifting Up Student Voices and Engagement" 1:45-2:45 p.m.

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Additional information 

October 24, 2019

Franklin & Marshall College, Mayser Gymnasium, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

"This is the Rat Speaking: Remembering the 1969 Black Student Protest at F&M with Dr. Benjamin Bowser, Honorable LeRoy Pernell, and Dr. Todd Mealy"

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May 25, 2019

Harrisburg Peace Promenade, Live and Life Long Learning Series

Chautauqua DCPL, Front and Walnut Streets

Lecture Title: "Wm. Howard Day's Harrisburg"

Time 2:00-4:00 p.m.

April 9, 2019

"50 Years Later: The Black Student Protest at F&M in 1969"

Franklin & Marshall College

March 21, 2019

Penn State University-Harrisburg, Book Celebration

Book: "Glenn Killinger, All-American: Penn State's World War I Era Sports Hero"

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

February 24, 2019

Opinionated Facts Podcast

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January 8, 2019

Chester County Sports Hall of Fame

7:00 p.m. at Timothy's Restaurant at Parkway Shopping Center, West Chester, PA

Lecture Title: "War Seasons: Glenn Killinger at Penn State During The Great War"

November 10, 2018

Millersville Area Historical Society

9:00 a.m.

Lecture Title: "Synthetic Heroism: Glenn Killinger, World War I, and the Enduring Legacy of the Intersection of Sports and Politics"

October 24, 2018

Webcast: Equity in Schools -- Building Momentum"

Pennsylvania School Board Association, Mechanicsburg, PA

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October 16, 2018

Equity Summit: Reimagining in Equitable Spaces in K-12 Education in Pennsylvania and Beyond

Panelist and Presenter, "Race Conscious Education in a Rural School District: The Trials and Tribulations of Engaging Students in Social Justice Pedagogy"

Lebanon Valley College, Lebanon, Pennsylvania

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June 19, 2018

Appearance on Good Day PA! with Amy Kehm

Channel ABC27, 12:30 p.m.

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June 10, 2018

Dauphin County Historical Society, Harrisburg, Penna.

2:30 p.m.

Lecture Title: "Synthetic Heroism: Glenn Killinger, World War I, and the Birth of the Celebrity in Postwar American Culture"

June 5, 2018

Midtown Scholar, Harrisburg, Penna.

7:00 p.m.

Lecture Title: "Glenn Killinger and the Intersection of Sports and Politics"

December 5, 2017

Elizabethtown College, Hoover Center, Room 212

Lecture title: "Wandering the Racial Wilderness: MLK, Race Consciousness, and Reimagining Black Power in Academia and Beyond"

October 10, 2017

Oxford Area (Chester County) Historical Society, 7:00 p.m.

Lecture Title: "Breaking the Color Line: 14th Amendment Incorporation and the Case that led to the Desegregate of Pennsylvania's Public Schools"

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September 10, 2017

Lancaster Sunday News

"In the era of Charlottesville and Kaepernick, some Lancaster County educators look to address race in the classroom"

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Click here to read the follow-up editorial (Sept. 17, 2017)

August 12, 2017

Millersville Area Historical Society

9:00 a.m.

Lecture Title: "Wandering the Racial Wilderness in the Sixties: Black Power at Franklin and Marshall College and Beyond"

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August 7, 2017

Pennsylvania Constitution Center

1:00 p.m.

Lecture Title: "The 14th Amendment, Wm Howard Day, and the desegregation of Pennsylvania's public schools in the post Civil War era"

May 7, 2017

Midtown Scholar

2:45 p.m.

Lecture Title: "Wandering the Racial Wilderness: Black Power in Academia and Beyond"

January 21, 2017

C-SPAN Book TV, City Tour of Harrisburg

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November 29, 2016

Article: "Teacher's Book Inspires William Howard Day Award"

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April 1, 2016

Eastern American Studies Association Conference

Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

April 9, 2016

British Association of American Studies & Irish Association of American Studies Conference

Queen's University-Belfast, Northern Ireland

Lecture Title: "This is the Rat Speaking! The Black Student Takeover and the Radical Movement for an interdisciplinary Black Studies Curriculum at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1968-1969"

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March 21, 2016

WITF Smart Talk: Teachers Teach Civil War Period

SmartTalk with Scott Lamar on WITF 89.5

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January 27, 2016

Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Capital Area Chapter

An informal presentation about Glenn Killinger and the experience of coaching and writing.

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November 14, 2015

U.S.C.T. Grand Review Program, Civil War 150th

Live and Learn Series

3:00-3:30 p.m.

Lecture Title: "A Good Time Coming: A Profile of William Howard Day and his role in breaking the Color Line from the 1865 USCT Grand Review to the 1881 School Desegregation trials in Pennsylvania."

May 25, 2015, 12:15 p.m.

The 30th Annual Memorial Day Program at William Howard Day Cemetery, Steelton, PA

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February 18, 2015, 9:00 a.m.

WITF Smart Talk, A Discussion about William Howard Day

Smart Talk on WITF 89.5 with Scott LaMar

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February 8, 2015, 2:30 p.m.

Second Sunday at the Harris-Cameron Mansion, S. Front St., Harrisburg, PA

Lecture Title: "Professor Day: Wm. Howard Day and the effort to desegregate Pennsylvania's public schools in the post Civil War era".

See here: DCHS 

February 6, 2015

"William Howard Day, Unsung Abolitionist"

Interview with WITF FM's Arts & Culture host Cary Burkett

Listen here 

Saturday, November 14, 2014, 10:00 AM

Midtown Scholar

1302 N. Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102, 717-236-1680 Click here

Legendary Locals of Harrisburg by Todd Mealy

Author Signing

October 28, 2014, 7:00 PM

"Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle"

Penn State University-Harrisburg

Panel Discussion, Click here 

October 22, 2014, 9:00 PM

Pennsylvania School Board Association

Annual School Leadership Conference

Author signing and lecture

Lecture title: "William Howard Day's Peoples' College"

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 1:00 PM

Barnes & Noble, Camp Hill Shopping Center

58 South 32nd Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011, 717-737-0221

Legendary Locals of Harrisburg by Todd Mealy

Author Signing

October 2, 2014, 12:30 PM

ABC-27's Good Day-PA

Author Spotlight Interview with host Amy Kehm

Discussion about Legendary Locals of Harrisburg

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 1:00 PM

Dauphin County Historical Society, Click Here

Legendary Locals of Harrisburg by Todd Mealy

Author Signing