Community Day with the Reginald Lewis Museum
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture hosted The Other Boys of Summer for a free community event at Cal Ripkin Stadium to wrap up their summer programming. The event took place on August 28th, the 59th anniversary of Dr. MLK Jr. delivering his "I have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington and the 77th anniversary of the day Branch Rickey called Jackie Robinson to his office in Brooklyn to discuss Jackie joining the Dodgers and potentially breaking baseball's color barrier.
The museum's Executive Director, Terri Freeman welcomed everyone and introduced special guest, Ms. Geraldine Day, widow of the HOF Negro League star Leon Day. Ms. Day is one of many trailblazers interviewed in the film. At the park she shared the story of how Leon Day received the call that he had been elected to the HOF while he was in the hospital. He passed away 6 days later, honored that his legacy would live on in Cooperstown. Ms. Day accepted the recognition on his behalf in NY that summer.
The day featured shadowball, kids playing on the field, ballpark food and memorabilia, a screening of the film and a panel discussion that included Negro League Alumni Pedro Sierra and Sam Allen.