Taking a Stand for Equality highlights Octavius V. Catto's legacy of activism for equal access to education, public transportation, voting rights, and full citizenship. Known for the courage of his convictions, dynamic personality, and erudition, Catto embodied the values of Philadelphia's emerging black middle class. His death in 1871 at age 32 from an assassin's bullet, meant to intimate black voters, had the opposite effect. Catto's fellow activists, both black and white, honored him by continuing the struggle for full equality. Today Philadelphia honors his legacy by erecting a statue of Catto on the apron of City Hall.
Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture and Philadelphia History Museum invite you to attend a participatory workshop and presentation of new poetry and music inspired by An Immigrant Alphabet. Poets Trapeta Mayson and Frank Sherlock will present their commissioned works followed by an interactive poetry workshop and a premiere of compositions by Jay Fluellen (piano) and Kinan Abou-afach (cello) with Hafez Kotain (percussion) and Valerie Gay (vocals).