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Historical Tour

Follow Black History Maven, Kalela Williams, on a historical tour of Philadelphia in the footsteps of abolitionist, poet, and Women's rights activist, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. On this virtual tour, you'll journey to Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's home on 10th and Bainbridge Street, visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Library Company of Philadelphia, step into the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, and a whole lot more.

About Kalela Williams

Kalela Williams is the founder of Black History Maven, a gathering community that honors all diverse pasts, affirms Black identity and pride, and engages communities in literary, artistic, and cultural conversations. She is the current Director of Writing of Philadelphia youth organization Mighty Writers, and previously worked in literary programming for the Free Library of Philadelphia and James Madison University's Furious Flower Poetry Center.

In addition, Kalela serves on the board of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and writes fiction that connects history with the present. Her essay, "The Three Century Walk" is forthcoming this fall in Making Tracks: Reflections on Walking by New Door Books, and she recently was awarded a Tin House Writing Residency for her YA novel-in-progress, The Rosebine Daughters. She has led literary and writing workshops for museums, organizations, and institutions including the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Library Company of Philadelphia, Mural Arts, and many others.

Dedicated funding for the Sounds of Learning Dress Rehearsal Program has been provided by The William Penn Foundation, Hamilton Family Charitable Trust, Eugene Garfield Foundation, Wells Fargo, Universal Health Services, Hirsig Family Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, The McLean Contributionship, and Mr. William A. Loeb

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