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Negro Leagues baseball sources for Pride and Passion: Sep. 22: Family Day

Event schedule and details for the Fall 2012 Pride and Passion exhibit, plus materials in Rohrbach Library and beyond on the history of blacks in baseball.

Bob Allen, Jimmy Weedon, and celebrity Wiffle Ball

Dr. Robert van Roden Allen, former Philosophy instructor at Penn State University has spent the last ten years traveling the US, visiting and interviewing every surviving player of the Negro Leagues in an effort to preserve the history and stories of Negro League Baseball. Since 2003, he has been an editor and contributing writer for the California-based African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame's African American Sports Magazine. Allen has taught at Penn State, within the Pennsylvania correctional system and at various New Jersey community colleges. Allen holds a BA from Bucknell University and Masters and Doctoral degrees from Penn State. He continues work on an oral history project titled The Souls of Black Baseball.

Dr. Allen's presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Jim Weedon was an outfielder with the Harrisburg Giants in the mid-1950s, including a couple seasons when the team captured the Eastern League championship. Now an astonishingly energetic 91 years of age, Weedon is an inspiring raconteur with vivid stories about his days playing with some of the greatest of the game.

About Family Day

Kutztown University's Family Day features fun, free activities campuswide leading up to the 1:05 kickoff as the Golden Bears take on West Chester University.

Rohrbach Library will open at 9am. You'll be able to enjoy the Pride & Passion exhbit, a Scholastic Book Fair, and then at 11:30am, Bob Allen's presentation in Room 100B as well as a chance to talk with Negro Leaguer Jimmy Weedon. Outside, kids of any age can play Wiffle Ball on the library lawn. Show up a little early to join the fun!