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The Butler Center Discusses Arkansas black baseball teams and their contributions to society and the civil rights movement

African Americans began to play baseball in the late 1800s on military teams, college teams, company teams, and, eventually, on professional teams with white players. However, racism and Jim Crow laws forced them from these teams, leading black players to form their own league in the 1920s. Teams began to form all over the country and play any teams that would challenge them, black or white.

Join us at the Butler Center's Legacies & Lunch, Monday, August 3, when Bob Kendrick of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City discusses the history of Arkansas black baseball teams, the national leagues, and their contributions to society and the civil rights movement.

Legacies & Lunch
The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
*Monday, August 3, 2009, noon - 1 p.m.
Darragh Center, Main Library (100 S. Rock St.)

The Butler Center's Legacies & Lunch series is free and open to the public. Programs are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Darragh Center in the Main Library, 100 Rock St., in Little Rock. All programs begin at noon and conclude by 1:00 p.m. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch. The Butler Center will provide water, soft drinks and dessert.