Every year, the Pirates host an African American Heritage Celebration, which honors and remembers the legacy of Negro League Baseball and its legendary players and coaches whose selfless determination trail-blazed for the game we play today.
The 2019 celebration took place Friday, May 31 - Monday, June 3.
The Pirates kicked-off the celebration with "Bringing it Home!," a panel discussion, moderated by WTAE anchor Andrew Stockey, that enabled youth and professionals from Pittsburgh's Black community to hear from and engage with personnel from every level of the Pirates organization. Over 150 guests - including Pittsburgh Pirates RBI teams, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, the Josh Gibson Foundation, Young Black and Educated, and more - packed PNC Park's Hyundai Club and gained valuable career advice from Brian Colbert, Pirates Senior VP of Revenue, Steve Williams, Pirates Director of Professional Scouting, Kevan Graves, Pirates Assistant General Manager, Kimera Bartee, Pirates First Base Coach, and Al Oliver, former Pirates 1971 World Series Champion.
That evening, the Pirates acknowledged representatives from the Carnegie Museum of Art's "Teenie" Harris Archives as a thank you for their support in celebrating the legacy of Negro League Baseball by joining forces with the Pirates Negro League Baseball Memorabilia Exhibit - which was hosted in PNC Park's Beam Left Field Lounge all weekend and included 1930 replica Westinghouse Air Brake Employee Card signed by Josh Gibson, courtesy of the Heinz History Center, 1940 East West All Star Game autographed baseball, 1946 Negro League contract for Josh, and more. In addition, the Pirates hosted a special check presentation for three NEED scholars.
The Pirates wrapped up the celebration, by premiering "The Other Boys of Summer" by Lauren Meyers - a documentary explores civil rights in America through the lives of the Negro League baseball players - for the first time in Pittsburgh at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Then, hosted a thought provoking discussion with Harold Hayes, recently retired KDKA-TV reporter after 36-years, Lauren Meyers, Executive Producer and Director of "The Other Boys of Summer", Charlene Foggie-Barnett, Teenie Harris Archive Specialist, Joel Gray, Pirates Community Outreach Coordinator, and nearly 150 youth and staff from Manchester Academic Charter School, Propel Homestead and Pittsburgh Obama 6-12 regarding the film.
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