New Initiative Introduces Struggles and Accomplishments of Negro League Baseball to New Generation

Bob Kendrick sees the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum as a haven of social justice. Kendrick, the museum’s president, doesn’t want the accomplishments of baseball’s segregated pastime to be remembered just for the struggles that period entailed.

Instead, he hopes that it becomes a temple to overcoming the adversity of the times and not a place that merely chronicles the era of racism during which black baseball players were denied access to equal opportunities to compete on the same playing field.

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“At its crux [NLBM] is a civil rights and social justice museum; it’s just seen through the lens of baseball,” said Kendrick. “It’s a story of triumph over adversity, and it’s important for people to see more than just the downtrodden part of our journey in this country.”

Major League Baseball and the NLBM have launched the Negro Leagues 101 initiative, which is an interactive, social media platform that is designed to create greater awareness of black baseball through 101 trinkets of knowledge for baseball and fans of black history. Since June 25 and through Oct. 3 — which is the final day of Major League Baseball’s regular season — a past or current player or member of the baseball community pays homage to the Negro Leagues through special digital programming designed to enlighten, educate and elicit interest in a legacy that is more than what transpired on the diamond.

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