Shades of Glory: Program chronicles the story of African-American baseball

Contact: Deborah Bloom

Campaign Manager

For Immediate Release
April 25, 2006

Shades of Glory:

Conference program chronicles the story of African-American baseball

(CHICAGO) The Campaign for America's Libraries is pleased to announce a new Annual Conference program entitled, "Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball."

Part of the national
Step Up to the Plate @ your library® initiative, the program will feature James L. Gates, library director at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. It will take place Sunday, June 25, 2006, from 1:30 to 3 pm at the JW Marriott Hotel, Ile de France I.

The presentation will provide a review of African-American baseball history from 1860 to date, with a focus on the just-completed, major multiyear research program undertaken by the Baseball Hall of Fame that involved libraries nationwide and produced a new book by Lawrence Hogan called "Shades of Glory." Published by National Geographic Society, the book was just released in February.

The session also will cover the passionate connection between our national pastime and the African-American community, which existed for many years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.
Photographic images will be used to tell this story, and a bibliographic handout will be distributed to all program attendees. There also will be giveaways for participants, including Hogan's book, Jackie Robinson posters from ALA Graphics, @ your library® baseball hats and a variety of baseball titles donated by Harcourt Children's Books.

Step Up to the Plate @ your
library® is a new partnership of The Campaign for America's Libraries and the Hall of Fame, promoting the importance of 21st century literacy. For more information, visit

This program is sponsored by ALA's Public Awareness Committee.