Special Event: The History of the Negro Baseball Leagues with Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Special Event: The History of the Negro Baseball Leagues with Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Friday, April 13, 2018
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Join us for a special multimedia presentation with Bob Kendrick before the April 13th performance of August Wilson's Fences. Bob Kendrick is the President of the famed Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO and is going to address how the Negro Leagues changed the game of baseball, and America. He'll share stories of some of the legendary players in the Negro Leagues and how their passion changed the sport forever.

Bob Kendrick was named President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) in March 2011. Founded in 1990, the NLBM is the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African-American baseball and its profound impact on the social advancement of America.

Kendrick has been responsible for the creation of several signature museum educational programs and events including the Legacy Awards, a national baseball awards ceremony that annually recognizes the best Major League baseball players, managers and executives with awards in the name and spirit of Negro League legends such as Buck O’Neil, “Cool Papa” Bell, Bullet Rogan and Josh Gibson. And, most recently, the museum’s new Hall of Game that honors former Major League greats who played the game in the spirit and signature style of the Negro Leagues.

And while he doesn’t fashion himself to be a historian, Kendrick has become one of the leading authorities on the topic of Negro Leagues Baseball history and its connection to issues relating to sports, race and diversity. He has been a contributing writer for Ebony Magazine and the national Urban League’s Opportunity Magazine.

A native of Crawfordville, Ga., Kendrick received a basketball scholarship to attend Park College (Parkville, Mo.) in 1980 and earned a B.A. degree in Communications Arts in 1985.

This program is presented in conjunction with the Lone Tree Arts Center's production of August Wilson's Fences.