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'Breaking Barriers: the Role of Baseball in Integration'

Apr 12, 2010

The Ohio Northern University Office of Multicultural Development presents two events to discuss the role of baseball in furthering the integration of African Americans after World War II on April 14-15.

Both events are free and open to the public.

The first event features the film, “Pride and Prejudice: The Larry Doby Story,” in The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration’s Forum on April 14 at 7 p.m. Dr. Robert Carrothers, assistant professor of sociology at ONU, will introduce the film and discuss the integration of the American League. Following the film, William Robinson, executive assistant to the president at ONU, will lead the discussion and answer questions regarding his experience working with Doby as traveling secretary of the Cleveland Indians during Doby’s first year in 1947.

“Breaking Barriers: The Role of Baseball in Integration,” a panel discussion examining the issues of baseball’s integration, will be presented in the ONU English Chapel on April 14 at 7 p.m. Dr. Russ Crawford, assistant professor of history at ONU, will focus on the major press reaction to Jackie Robinson’s entry into Major League Baseball. Dr. Ray Schuck, of Bowling Green State University, will discuss the opportunities lost by Robinson’s signing, and Michael Butterworth, also from Bowling Green State University, will offer comments regarding the progression of society from Jackie Robinson to President Obama. Clyde Pickett, director of multicultural development at ONU, will discuss the evolution of the image presented by African-American athletes from Robinson to the modern day.

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