As we step into February and Black Mistory Month, we are also only a few weeks away from the 101st anniversary of the founding of the Negro Leagues. The celebration continues, according to Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) president Bob Kendrick, with “Negro Leagues 101.” The Negro Leagues were born on Febuary 13, 1920. On February 12, 2021, the NLBM will roll out a national curriculum around the history of the Leagues. The Negro Leagues introduced us to some of the MLB’s greatest: Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and many more. This history is the inspiration and foundation for the future of baseball in Middle Tennessee.
MCB is committed to honroing the traditions and history of the Negro Leagues and we are committed to diversity in our ownership, leadership, community engagement and in every aspect of the work we do. We also know that diversity without equity is not enough. An example of our commitment is an existing collaboration between MCB and the NLBM through a revenue sharing partnership. Our efforts to bring Major League Baseball to Middle Tennessee will further connect the history of Negro Leagues Baseball with our future. Baseball is a bridge to a better, more equitable society.