An Evening with Gerald Early,
“Reconceiving the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Black Baseball Exhibit”

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
5:30 p.m. | Lecture and Q&A
6:30 p.m. | Post-event reception

7:30 p.m. | Event concludes
Emerson Auditorium, Knight Hall
Washington University Danforth Campus

Livestream option available

Join alumni and friends in person or online for an event co-hosted by the WashU Alumni Association and Arts & Sciences, featuring Professor Gerald Early and an exploration of Black Baseball.

An award-winning essayist, author, and American culture critic, Gerald Early is the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters in Washington University’s African and African American Studies Department and executive editor of WashU’s interdisciplinary journal The Common Reader.

Professor Early will discuss his work as a consultant to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s newly renovated and reconceived exhibit on Black Baseball — which will officially open on Memorial Day weekend 2024 — and the book he’s writing to accompany the exhibit.

His forthcoming book, "Play Harder: The Triumph of Black Baseball in America" (Ten Speed Press, November 2024) will cover Black players’ involvement with professional baseball in the United States from the end of the Civil War to the present with accounts of the Negro Leagues, the integration of Major League Baseball, the Black press' promotion of the game among Blacks, and why Black American participation in baseball today is less robust than in the past.

All are welcome at this free lecture and post-event reception celebrating the Power of Arts & Sciences.

Introduction by Feng Sheng Hu, the Richard G. Engelsmann Dean of Arts & Sciences and Lucille P. Markey Distinguished Professor

This event will be held in person and livestreamed.

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