Fences: African Americans in Major League Baseball Featuring Curtis Granderson, Outfielder with the New York Mets
February 6th, 2017 by fannielou
The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO, The Institute for Social Justice and Race Relations, The Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages, and The Department of History and Philosophy present: Fences: African Americans in Major League Baseball featuring Curtis Granderson.
Before Jackie Robinson integrated baseball in 1947, African-Americans had no choice but to play in the Negro Leagues. Because of this integration, one would think that African-Americans would naturally gravitate to baseball. That has not been the case. As of now, the percentage of African-Americans playing baseball is just below eight percent. The numbers did rise during the 1970s and 1980s. Since that time, the numbers have been on a steady decline. Curtis Granderson, outfielder for the New York Mets and poet laureate C. Liegh McInnis, will discuss this trend and other issues related to African American baseball players.
Join us on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO at 1017 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, MS 39217.