Watch the promotional video of Todd's book about Glenn Killinger, World War I, and the birth of the American hero in postwar American culture.
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Race Conscious Pedagogy, A Definition
Interest Convergence in Education, 1954 to Present
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Wm Howard Day and the Underground Railroad
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Welcome to toddmealy.com, the online home of history author, Director of Equity and Instruction at The Bond Educational Group, and founder of The Equity Institute for Race Conscious Pedagogy, Todd M. Mealy! Todd is the author of six books, including Displaced: A Holocaust Memoir and the Road to a New Beginning with Linda Schwab (2020); Glenn Killinger, All American: Penn State's World War I Era Sports Hero (2018); 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); Legendary Locals of Harrisburg (2014), Aliened American: A Biography of William Howard Day, 1825-1900, Vols. I and II (2010); and Biography of an Antislavery City: Antislavery Activists, Abolitionists, and Underground Railroad Operatives in Harrisburg, Pa (2007). Todd authored a chapter in From the Pews: The Story of the Bethel AME Church in Harrisburg (2015). He has also published several articles in Pennsylvania Heritage and American Heritage.
Todd's scholarship on the Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania along with Black abolitionist and educator William Howard Day has been cited in works by Steve Luxenberg (Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation), Richard Blackett (Making Freedom: The Underground Railroad and the Politics of Slavery), and the late Hari Jones ("Deciphering the African American Mystery in American History"). His research on Glenn Killinger is also featured in Anne R. Keene's acclaimed book The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II (2018).
Mealy holds a Ph.D. from Penn State University. He also attained a Master's degree from the same institution, where he was the 2014 recipient of the John S. Patterson Award for academic and creative achievement. In 2018, he received the university's Sue Samuelson Award for his doctoral dissertation.
He is a contributing writer for Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine. His publications in the magazine include pieces about the 19th-century trials that led to the end of legal segregation in Pennsylvania's public schools; the abolitionist and cofounder of the Liberty Party Francis Julius LeMoyne; an All-American football player from Penn State who reached the pinnacle of his career following World War I named Glenn Killinger; and the 100-year history of the Penn State Nittany Lions - Pittsburgh Panthers football rivalry.
His newest publication in Pennsylvania Heritage is "Indomitable: Ora Washington, Philadelphia's Ultimate Sports Trailblazer." This 4,000-word article features the greatest African American women's tennis and basketball player before World War II, Ora Mae Washington (December 2019). Todd's next Heritage article, due in the Fall 2020, "Muhammad Ali at Fighter's Heaven," takes a look at the eight years Muhammad Ali spent training at a long-forgotten training camp in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.
Todd has one book scheduled for release in 2020. Tentatively titled Race Conscious Pedagogy: The Disruption of Racism at Majority White High Schools, to be published by McFarland & Co., is an appeal for race conscious education at majority white schools. The book's Foreword will be written by Dr. Terrence Roberts, known for his role as one of the Little Rock Nine students that desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957 and the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Writing the Afterword is philosopher George Yancy, author of several books on race including Across Black Spaces; Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly About Race in America; and On Race: 34 Conversations in a Time of Crisis.
Todd is partnering with Dr. Jason Ottley and a team of academics from colleges in the District of Columbia to launch "The Bond Educational Group" in 2020. The Bond offers coaching services to under-resourced and racially minoritized K-12 and postsecondary students. A subsidiary within The Bond is The Equity Institute for Race Conscious Pedagogy. This institute provides professional development coaching to educators, athletic coaches and professionals in the corporate sector, which includes specifically tailored programming. As Director of Equity and Instruction, Todd is The Bond's curriculum writer and research visionary. The Bond's services will be augmented by Todd's forthcoming book Race Conscious Pedagogy, a podcast (title forthcoming), and ongoing research.
Mealy was born in Bradford in 1979, grew up in Harrisburg, and currently lives in Lancaster with his wife, Melissa, Ed.D., son, Carter, and daughter, Adeline. He has taught in Lancaster County public schools since 2001 and is an adjunct professor in the History Department at Dickinson College. He spends summers traveling to countries in Europe, Asia, and South America. He has also coached high school football for twenty-one years. These experiences helped to shape his focus on issues related to social justice, race theory, political history, and sports culture.
Top Left: Todd with Bill Zwaan, West Chester University head football coach. Zwaan currently paces the sidelines that Killinger once managed; Top Middle: Todd and his wife, Melissa, with Jessica Killinger (middle), granddaughter of Glenn Killinger; Top Right: Todd with Howie Bedell, former Philadelphia Philly and forewordist for Glenn Killinger, All-American. Bedell played baseball for Killinger in the 1950s; Bottom left to right: Hall of Fame basketball coach with over 900 NCAA wins, Glenn Robinson, who played baseball for Killinger in the 1960s and Amy Kehm, host of ABC-27 "Good Day, PA!".