Bob Kendrick to Speak about African American Experience with America’s Pastime

A signature State Historical Society of Missouri program, the African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series, is back this fall with Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and host of the Black Diamonds podcast. This free lecture will be hosted virtually on September 14 at 7:00 p.m. CDT.

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To celebrate the 101st anniversary of the founding of Negro Leagues Baseball, Kendrick will share stories, discuss legends, and explore the history of an indelible part of America’s history. “They were entertainers and icons,” Kendrick said of the Negro Leaguers. “They were the shining stars hidden in darkness, in a league where the thunder in their bats made them unforgettable.”

The African American Experience in Missouri Lecture series began in 2016 as a collaboration between the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Center for Missouri Studies and the University of Missouri Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. “The African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series offers a new understanding of present-day Missouri by examining the history of African Americans within the state,” said SHSMO executive director and African American history scholar Gary R. Kremer. Kendrick’s appearance is sponsored by the Columbia Committee for Negro Leagues Baseball, MU Department of Black Studies, and the State Historical Society of Missouri's Center for Missouri Studies.

“At the State Historical Society of Missouri, we encourage everyone to explore the complex and varied history of Missouri, and our mission includes providing the resources to accomplish that,” Kremer added.

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