Josh Gibson Negro Leagues Educational Tour
On February 20, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in collaboration with Gannon Athletics welcomes Josh Gibson Negro Leagues Educational Tour. Students and faculty will be touched by a tradition of greatness as they hear first-hand narratives from a direct descendant of Josh Gibson through his great-grandson, Sean L. Gibson, and learn the history of the Negro League. The program will begin at 5 p.m. in the Yehl Ballroom.
Sean L. Gibson shares a presentation about his great-grandfather and some of the greatest African American and Latino baseball players in the world.
There is likely no greater expert on the history of the Negro Leagues than Sean who speaks to a variety of groups, teaching on the significance of these great men who played the game before Jackie Robinson integrated baseball in 1947.
The presentation will focus on; Josh Gibson’s life and accomplishments, the history and players of the Negro Leagues, followed by a Q&A session. A select number of Josh Gibson memorabilia will be on display, in addition to showing highlights from a documentary produced by Duquesne University titled "The Legend Behind the Plate - The Josh Gibson Story." This documentary was featured at the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum Film Festival in 2013.
Included in the Negro Leagues Educational Tour is the presentation of two Josh Gibson Awards; one for Community Service and one for Education. These awards will be granted to current Gannon University students who display outstanding contributions in the area of community service or education and characterize the ideals of the Foundation.