Have you considered the black part of the nation’s favorite pastime? What black baseball in America meant, including pioneers like Jackie Robinson and the rich relationships in “Blackball” during America’s era of segregation, across the nation and in New Jersey is a multifaceted narrative. During this session, a robust conversation, an account by a veteran Negro Leaguer, a rendition of an “iconic” baseball poem “K.C at the Bat” by its author, Kevin Kane, and selections from the documentary “Before You Can Say Jackie Robinson” will further participants’ understanding.
Lawrence Hogan, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of History at Union County College
Dr. Lawrence Hogan is professor emeritus of history at Union County College. He is the author of “A Black National News Service: Claude Barnett and the Associated Negro Press” as well as “The Forgotten History of African American Baseball.” He served as Executive Producer and historian for the documentary “Before You Can Say Jackie Robinson: Black Baseball in New Jersey and America in the Era of the Color Line.” He is the editor and co-author of “Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African American Baseball” published by National Geographic and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.