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Philadelphia Freedom Festival - Commemorating the Life of Octavius V. Catto: “Let Freedom Ring" Panel At Temple University on April 30
Apr 21, 2014 | News
Philadelphia Freedom Festival - Commemorating the Life of Octavius V. Catto: “Let Freedom Ring

The Philadelphia Freedom Festival links the arts with civil rights history in a seven-month series that commemorates the life and legacy of Octavius V. Catto.

 

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Described as "an exhilarating array of original, artistic programming," the Philadelphia Freedom Festival is a seven-month series of events that commemorates the life and legacy of Octavius V. Catto, a 19th-century Philadelphian and African-American civil rights pioneer. The Festival will unite the city’s major arts, civic and community organizations to present original programming designed for all ages. 

More information about the festival can be found here.

The Festival kicked off in February and culminates later this year with a performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra with Dr. Marvin Sapp, a 300-voice gospel choir, and the premiere of an original orchestral composition Catto's life.

Next up: Let Freedom Ring: Scholarly Panel Discussion (click for more information)

April 30
4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Temple University, Mitten Hall

**Live broadcast by 900AM-WURD!!** This engaging discussion joins a diverse set of voices from Philadelphia's academic and activist communities to reflect on the life and impact of Octavius V. Catto.  Performance by Cheyney University Concert Choir to follow.

This event is in partnership with the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection.


Nolan Williams, Jr., artistic director for the festival, is one of the country's foremost producers of inspirational arts programming. He recently joined Wake Up With WURD to discuss the ways the festival will link the arts with civil rights history:

 

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