Missouri State Parks and Mid-Continent Library invite the public to attend the Black Baseball and Black History virtual program at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 17. The program will be held virtually every third Thursday of the month as a Zoom meeting and is part of the Show-Me Kansas City: A Missouri Bicentennial Lecture Series.
Before 1947, African Americans played professional baseball on their own separate teams, collectively known as “The Negro Leagues.” Against the backdrop of segregation, these teams traveled the country to communities large and small, bringing the thrills of America’s favorite pastime to thousands of fans and paving the way for civil rights. Join Dr. Raymond Doswell, vice president and curator of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kanas City, Missouri, to learn about the great stars and communities of the Negro Leagues, especially those in St. Louis and Kansas City.
This lecture series is a partnership with the Kansas City Mid-Continent Public Library. This event is virtual and free, but registration is required. Participants can register at mymcpl.org/events/69542/black-baseball-black-history-zoom
Participants must provide an email address when registering and will be emailed a Zoom access code 15 minutes before the start of the program.
Please note: Participants must sign into the room prior to the start of the program. Admittance to the classroom will close five minutes after the program’s start time. Space is limited.
On Aug. 10, 2021, the state of Missouri turns 200 years old. The bicentennial gives citizens the opportunity to reflect on what Missouri has become, how it got here and the different ways communities have contributed to the development of this great state.
The series will explore the Kansas City region’s unique natural, cultural and historical landscapes that greatly contribute to Missouri’s diversity and advancement. All lectures are free, open to the public and welcome all ages.