This is the Rat Speaking: Remembering the 1969 Black Student Protest at F&M

October 24 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Mayser Gymnasium

  • This is the Rat Speaking

Dr. Benjamin Bowser ‘69
Adrian C. Lamos, Jr ‘72
Dr. Todd Mealy
Prof. LeRoy Pernell ‘71

Todd M. Mealy is the author of five books, including Glenn Killinger, All-American: Penn State’s World War I Era Sports Hero (2018) and 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). He is also a contributing writer for Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine. His articles in the magazine have centered on race and law history, sports culture, and abolitionism.
Mealy is an educator of 18 years, including tenures at two school districts in Lancaster County: J.P. McCaskey High School and Penn Manor High School, where his course “Seminar on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender”--the only such course offered to high school students in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania--has received national praise in newspapers like the Washington Times, the Durham Herald News, and The Seattle Times. Todd also teaches evening classes at Dickinson College. He has two books scheduled for release in 2020. The first, tentatively titled Too Long Delayed: A Critical Race Studies Blueprint for Predominantly White Schools is an appeal for mandatory race conscious education at America’s public high schools. The second book is co-authored with Holocaust survivor titled Displaced: Surviving the Holocaust and the Road to a New Beginning.
This event was proposed by Van Gosse and Kim Armstrong and is sponsored by the Africana Studies program; the departments of American Studies and History; and the Office of the Provost.
Common Hour enables the entire Franklin & Marshall College community to gather for culturally and academically enriching events at midday each Thursday during the academic year. This opportunity to engage in a campus-wide dialogue originates with Common Hour and then extends beyond the confines of 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. into classrooms, house commons, dining halls and beyond.