Long Before Selma, Octavius Catto, A Pioneer Of Black Assertion In Philadelphia, Led The Fight For Black Voting Rights

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A century before the civil rights protests in Selma and Birmingham, a 27-year-old African-American named Octavius Catto led the fight to desegregate Philadelphia’s horse-drawn streetcars.

In 1866 with the help of other prominent activists, like Lucretia Mott and Frederick Douglass. Catto raised all-black regiments to fight in the Civil War; he pushed for black voting rights.  He also he started an all-black baseball team — all before the age of 32.

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