Historical Society To Feature Mealy

Penn Manor High School social studies teacher Todd Mealy will discuss the history of the black power movement when he speaks during the Millersville Area Historical Society's meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, in Millersville's municipal center, 100 Municipal Drive.

Mealy will use a slideshow to examine black power dialogue in relation to global decolonization movements during the 1960s. While Mealy's talk will focus on the racial liberation movement in Lancaster City and at Franklin & Marshall College, its aim will be to align the events that occurred in 1969 with the national and international political climate of the era. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

A Bradford County native who grew up in Harrisburg, Mealy is now a Lancaster resident and has taught American history in Lancaster County for 15 years. He will graduate next May with a doctorate in American studies from Penn State University-Harrisburg. Mealy's areas of expertise include the civil rights and black power movements, abolition and the Underground Railroad, and sports history. He has authored four books, including "Aliened American: A Biography of William Howard Day" and "This Is the Rat Speaking: Black Power and the Promise of Racial Consciousness at Franklin & Marshall College in the Age of the Takeover." Mealy is also a contributing journalist for Pennsylvania Heritage, in which he has written extensively about the 14th Amendment and the desegregation of several institutions in Pennsylvania.

Admission to the historical society's meeting will be free, but donations will be appreciated. For more information, readers may call Phil Gerber at 717-872-8837 before 5 p.m. or email him at pge8507@aol.com.

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