Cheltenham Township Commemorates Black History Month with Variety of Programs

Cheltenham Events Calendar

Elkins Park, PA – Between February 2nd and February 24th Cheltenham Township has five, free programs to celebrate Black History Month.  Residents are encouraged to attend the events detailed below in February. All Black History Month programs are listed at

Black History Month Lecture: My War Too!  The Role Of Blacks In WWII

Saturday, February 16, 2019 | 2:00 pm | FREE Event at LaMott Community CenterThe American black community, both military and civilian, contributed more to the winning of World War II than most people, even today, realize. Local historian, Bill Chambrés will present a lecture highlighting some of the histories of persons and units who made those contributions. Based upon the journal-type magazine which he edited in 2018, these historic accounts will keep you riveted to your seats during this Free presentation. This program is presented and sponsored by La Mott Community Center/La Mott Library

Octavius “O.V.” Catto (With the Cheltenham Township Historical Commission)

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 7:30 pm | FREE Admission at Glenside Hall 

Please join our guest, Dr. Andy Waskie, for his presentation examining the life and contributions of Octavius Valentine Catto, a Philadelphia civil rights activist, educator, and Brigade Inspector General in the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 5th Brigade in the late 1800s. His legacy was honored with a statue at Philadelphia City Hall on September 26, 2017.Dr. Andy Waskie, Ph.D. taught for thirty years in public education, and has spent twenty years as a full time Professor at Temple University in the Languages Department. He has written a number of articles and research papers, as well as four books on Civil War Era History as well as serving as co-founder and officer of the OV Catto Society. Refreshments will be served. The public is also invited to attend the regular monthly meeting of the Cheltenham Township Historical Commission beginning at 6:30pm. For further information call Karen Shulik at 816-590-6457. The Commission thanks the Jenkintown Lyceum for its financial support of this production. 

1619: The Story of America’s First Documented Africans

Sunday, February 24, 2019 | 3:00 pm | FREE Event at LaMott Community Center 
The Citizens for the Restoration of Historical La Mott will host educator, historian, noted public speaker and award-winning author Ric Murphy will speak on the occasion of the anniversary of the first recorded Africans in English North America. In 2019, all Americans will celebrate an important milestone in American history, the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first recorded Africans in English North America. Documented in early colonial records, these men, women and children were known as the “20 odd” Africans, and they arrived on the English ship White Lion, in the British colony of Jamestown in late August 1619 at Point Comfort, along the James River, and reportedly were sold in exchange for food. Their historic journey documents a fascinating story of international colonialism, piracy, enslavement, the law of British head rights and colonial indenture ship. The importance of this history, for many present day African Americans is that many are probably descended from these first Africans and/or those who arrived in North America between 1619 and 1700. Donations welcome. Call (215) 885-2258 for more information.   

Anti-slavery Abolitionist Journalists and Writers

Sunday, February 24, 2019 | 1:30 to 2:30 pm | FREE Event at Glenside Free Library (215 S. Keswick Ave)
The Glenside Free Library will host local journalist and historian Don “Oghewii.” Mr. Scott will give an illustrated talk on writers and activists associated with Cheltenham Township, emphasizing the importance of powerful words that have been used to change the course of history.