May 5, 12:00 p.m.
Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience
Larry Lester—Negro League scholar and co-founder of the
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in
Kansas City, Missouri—will discuss the Pride and Passion exhibit and
the cultural significance and legacy of the Birmingham Black Barons
on the African American community in a deeply segregated society.
May 6, 6:30 p.m.
Larry Lester, Negro League scholar, researcher and
co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City,
Missouri will speak at 7 p.m.
May 8, 2:30 p.m.
A movie version of the story of three well-known and beloved Negro
League players—Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson, and Josh Gibson—as
they play and fight to change the course of baseball history.
May 11, 6:30 p.m
BPL@Night Presents Dr. Larry Powell
Dr. Larry Powell discusses his book
Black Barons of Birmingham: The South’s Greatest Negro League
Team and its Players. Differing from other books on
the subject, Dr. Powell covers the history of the Negro Leagues in
general, and also provides a detailed account of the Black Barons.
Members of the Negro League Baseball Players Association will attend
the discussion. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
May 12, 12:00 p.m.
Only the Ball Was White
This documentary film pays tribute to the talent and bravery of
baseball players in the Negro Leagues. Between the years 1920 and
1947—until Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers—the
players and teams were a source of tremendous pride for African
Americans in a deeply segregated country and helped pave the way to
May 15, 2:30 p.m.
An in-depth and riveting documentary with first-hand
accounts of what it was like to play in the Negro
Leagues. Interviews with players leave viewers stunned
at the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of these
trailblazing baseball players.
May 19, 12:00 p.m.
Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend
Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend,
award-winning author and journalist Larry Tye untangles
myth from truth about this flawed yet majestic man. The
author will discuss Paige’s role in the Negro League as
a self-promoter, a champion for higher pay for his
teammates, as a bit of a subversive, and as a sometimes
overlooked key player in the integration of baseball.
May 22, 2:30 p.m.
A sly and humorous take on a team in the Negro Leagues
as it barnstormed the mid-west in the 1930’s in hopes of
overcoming its tyrannical team owner. Stars Billy Dee
Williams, James Earl Jones, and Richard Pryor.
May 26, 12:00 p.m.
The Real Life and Times in the Negro Leagues
What was life really like on the road and at home for the
Negro League player? Find out first-hand when we hear from the
players themselves. More to follow on this!
12:00 p.m. (Rescheduled June 30)
Dr. Richard Megraw, University of Alabama American Studies
professor, will discuss the Negro Leagues and their importance in
the formation of African American identity and the civil rights
Negro League Baseball and the Black Community
June 5, 2:30 p.m.
James Earl Jones narrates this award winning documentary
highlighting some of the greatest players in the history of Negro
League baseball. Showcases the players’ technical expertise and
shows great sensitivity to the subject matter. Includes interviews
with Cool Papa Bell, Jimmie Crutchfield, and Ted Page.
June 9, 12:00 p.m. Never been to Cooperstown? Now is your chance to take a
virtual tour of the
National Baseball Hall of Fame. Via live teleconference with
staff from Cooperstown, we will tour the permanent Pride and Passion
exhibit at the Hall of Fame. Don’t miss the trip!
Live from Cooperstown!