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Diversity Week includes African American baseball legacy

Mon Feb 19, 2018 at 11:41 AM

Colby Community College will host “The Kansas City Monarchs in Your Hometown,” a presentation and discussion by Phil S. Dixon on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the CCC Cultural Arts Center. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Formed in 1920, the Kansas City Monarchs revolutionized baseball; not only were they charter members of the Negro National League and the first professional team to use outdoor lighting, but the Monarchs also sent more players to the Major Leagues than any other Negro League franchise. Dixon’s presentation will explore the early barnstorming days of the Monarchs and highlight great players such as Wilbur “Bullet” Rogan, Satchel Paige, and Jackie Robinson.

Dixon is a co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. He is the author of nine books about baseball, including biographies about Rogan and John “Buck” O’Neil. In the course of his research, he has interviewed more than 500 former Negro League players and family members.

“The Kansas City Monarchs in Your Hometown” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Kansas Stories Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that connect communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life.

The event is part of the college’s diversity week activities. Contact Angel Morrison, (785) 460-5418, for more information.