Preserving History & Legacies
Celebrating Black History Month: The Other Boys of Summer…See a film exploiting civil rights in America through the lives of the Negro League baseball players…Monday, Feb. 17, 2020-Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 in Spartanburg, SC…
CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH
NEGRO LEAGUE BASEBALL & BLACK COLLEGES
Baseball was embraced as America’s first national “pastime” in sports, but as with other public gatherings, Negroes were excluded from participating in front of white audiences.
Nonetheless, it created a separate venue which they built their own institutions for leisure time. And it created some of the legendary icons of the game. They played in cornfields and sandlots and built rivalries that soon brought about the establishment of organized leagues. There were the folks who became owners and architects who organized teams and built stadiums and traveling teams which have been chronicled in the movies. And when the color barrier became threatened by integration, it opened up a new era for black college players that slowly saw the best the Negro League baseball had to offer and paved the way for others who went on to achieve the highest honors in the sports. The “Other Boys of Summer,” a new documentary by historian and filmmaker Lauren Meyers continues to extol the virtues of a movement that coincided and contributed to the Civil Rights movement in sports.
Join many of the living legends of the Negro League in Spartanburg, SC celebrating Black History Month on February 17, 2020. Filmmaker Lauren Meyers will feature the film at three locations along with panel discussions about diversity and equality. For more info, contact Luther Norman (864)205-7249.
A Celebration of Black College History in Sports
THIS MONTH IN HISTORY
1881 TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE founded
1912 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference founded
1913 South Eastern Athletic Conference founded
1906 The First ORGANIZED BASKETBALL TEAM– the Smart
Set Athletic Club was formed in Brooklyn, NY
BECAUSE EDUCATION MATTERED
When Black schools began to emerge after the Emancipation, the first educators became the biggest advocates of education and sports.
We celebrate these iconic figures.