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Royals celebrate Black History Month

The Kansas City Royals and Major League Baseball celebrate Black History Month through several activities. 

During the month, Royals Hall of Famer John Mayberry and KayCee, the Royals 'W' guy, will visit schools to read children books regarding Jackie Robinson and the Kansas City Monarchs. On Friday, February 9, at 11 a.m., they will visit the third grade classes at Thomas Ultican Elementary located at 1812 NW Vesper St., in Blue Springs, Mo. Later this month, on Thursday, February 22, at 1:15 p.m., "Big John" and KayCee will visit the third grade classes at Eastwood Hills Elementary located at 5290 Sycamore Ave., in Kansas City, Mo.

The Kansas City Royals and Major League Baseball celebrate Black History Month through several activities. 

During the month, Royals Hall of Famer John Mayberry and KayCee, the Royals 'W' guy, will visit schools to read children books regarding Jackie Robinson and the Kansas City Monarchs. On Friday, February 9, at 11 a.m., they will visit the third grade classes at Thomas Ultican Elementary located at 1812 NW Vesper St., in Blue Springs, Mo. Later this month, on Thursday, February 22, at 1:15 p.m., "Big John" and KayCee will visit the third grade classes at Eastwood Hills Elementary located at 5290 Sycamore Ave., in Kansas City, Mo.

Throughout the month, the Royals join Major League Baseball for the Breaking Barriers essay contest inviting students in grades 4-9 to share their personal stories and show how they use Jackie Robinson's values to face their own barriers. For additional information on the contest, visit www.scholastic.com/breakingbarriers.

The Royals are also excited to announce the finalized jerseys for Salute to the Negro Leagues Day, which will take place on May 6 when the Club hosts the Detroit Tigers. The jerseys are inspired by the 1921 Kansas City Monarchs and 1921 Detroit Stars (photos attached). The Monarchs jersey will be an off-white uniform with a large navy KC on the chest, navy collar and thin navy piping on the sleeves. There will also be thin navy piping on the pants that will be accented with navy belts and navy and off-white striped socks. The hats will be an off-white crown with a navy bill and Monarchs logo on the front. The Stars jerseys will be gray with navy pinstripes and navy trim along the collar, as well as a navy Detroit on the chest. They will also have a red star on the sleeve. The gray pants will have navy pinstripes and they will wear navy belts and navy and white color block socks. Their hats will have a gray crown and navy bill, complete with a red star on the front and stripes that match the uniform. For more information on Salute to the Negro Leagues Day and Dressed to the Nines, please visit www.royals.com/nlbm.

Royals General Manager Dayton Moore and his wife Marianne are again supporting the Storling Dance Theater's production of UNDERGROUND, a dance piece based on the history of the Underground Railroad, taking place February 16 and 17 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Moore family encourages others to see the production or share an experience to build mutual understanding with someone of a different background. For more information, visit: www.gounderground.org.

Proceeds from the 2012 MLB All-Star Game hosted in Kansas City are still making an impact on local projects. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is displaying the They Were All Stars: Negro Leagues Stars Become Major League All-Stars exhibit at several branches of the Mid-Continent Public Library. The exhibit will travel to several library locations remembering the 20 players who began their baseball careers in the Negro Leagues before joining Major League Baseball after integration, and were voted or selected to play in an All-Star game during their careers.  They Were All Stars will appear at the MCPL's Blue Ridge Branch (Feb. 1-15) and North Independence Branch (Feb. 20-28) before visiting other locations this spring.

More information and updates can be found at www.royals.com/blackhistorymonth.

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