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Octavius Valentine Catto was a teacher, activist, and orator, as well as second baseman on Philadelphia’s best black baseball team. The nation lost a civil rights pioneer when Catto was murdered at an election-day race riot in 1871. In this lecture recorded at HSP on October 6, 2010, Daniel Biddle and Murray Dubin, authors of the recently published book Tasting Freedom from Temple University Press, discuss the life of this charismatic black leader.