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BofA Donates $300,000 to Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
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Wednesday, 30 May 2007 04:13

Negro Leagues Baseball MuseumThe Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) announced today that the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has donated $300,000, one of the largest corporate contributions given to the museum in recent years, to support a three-year national Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) tour of the museum's acclaimed traveling Negro Leagues history exhibition, "Discover Greatness".

"As the official Bank of Major League Baseball, Bank of America is honored to provide thousands of people across the country the opportunity to learn, and hopefully gain a greater appreciation, of the contributions of African- Americans to the game of baseball and its impact on America," said Spence Heddens, Kansas City market president for Bank of America. "By teaming up with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, we're giving more people the chance to experience a compelling piece of history and reconnecting Historically Black Colleges and Universities to an era they played a major role in shaping."

"We are thrilled to partner with Bank of America on this exciting and historic tour that we believe will open eyes and minds to one of the great chapters in American history," said Bob Kendrick, NLBM marketing director. "It is important that the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum reestablish the connection between the Negro Leagues and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. We believe this tour will not only validate the caliber of athlete that played in the Negro Leagues but will educate and serve as a source of pride and inspiration for students attending those schools."

The partnership will also make the exhibition available to African- American Museums in collaboration with the NLBM to support audience development. In March, the exhibition was hosted by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee in conjunction with the inaugural Civil Rights Game developed by Major League Baseball(R). The exhibition will open in Baltimore, Maryland at the Great Blacks in Wax Museum from June 1 through July 14.

Additional locations are:

  • National Center for Civil Rights Study and African American Culture - Alabama State University - Montgomery, Alabama - July 26 - September 23
  • Florida Memorial University - Miami Garden, Florida - October 5 - November 17

For more on the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO, visit http://www.nlbm.com.
 
 
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