Learn about the African American baseball experience at ALA Annual Conference

Contact: Megan McFarlane
Campaign Coordinator
Campaign for America’s Libraries
ALA Public Information Office

For Immediate Release
June 9, 2009


CHICAGO- At this year’s American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference the spotlight will shine on the contributions of African Americans to the national pastime.

Librarians interested in learning more about their achievements can attend “Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience,” hosted by the ALA’s Campaign for America’s Libraries and Public Programs Office (PPO).

The history of African American baseball reaches back more than 150 years, its pages filled with such heroes as Satchel Paige, Moses Fleetwood Foster and Jackie Robinson, who stood against discrimination to become American legends.

“Pride and Passion” will be hosted by ALA’s Public Information Office (PIO) and the Public Programs Office (PPO) from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, July 11, at McCormick Place West, in room W-192B.

The program features a distinguished panel of speakers, including Lawrence R. Hogan, author of “Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball”; author Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson; Coretta Scott King Book Award winner Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of “We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball”; Susan Brandehoff of ALA's Public Program Office and others.

In addition, librarians are invited to visit the “Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience” traveling exhibit, based upon a permanent exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Hall of Fame and PPO. The NEH has provided funding for the exhibit to travel to these 25 selected libraries, in addition to the 25 libraries selected to host the exhibit in September 2008.  

Established in 1992, the ALA PPO has a track record of developing library programming initiatives, including the acclaimed reading and discussion series “Let's Talk About It!,” film discussion programs on humanities themes, traveling exhibitions, LIVE! @ your library®, and other programs. For more information about the ALA Public Programs Office, visit www.ala.org/publicprograms.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a Partner in The Campaign for America's Libraries, American Library Association’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.  Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible in part by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations who advocate the importance of the library in American society.

Other Partners include Carnegie Corporation of New York, Dollar General, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Univision Radio, Verizon and Woman’s Day magazine.