Wednesday: August 31, 2016
What a game! A rain delay, extra innings and a Yankee win! This game culminated a day that included a day that included two of my favorite interests baseball and Presidential history. I spend several hours at the Negro Baseball Museum. This museum in Kansas City is a must see not only for baseball fans, but for all Americans. This powerful witness to injustice, talent and perseverance showed how a separate baseball league for American blacks for over 50 years was conquered with hard work and self respect. The stories of Jackie Robinson, Satchael Page, Josh Gibson and so many more are a powerful examples to all of us how to live and triumph despite disrespect and prejudice. What was a revelation to me is that it was the integration of baseball was the beginning of the Civil Rights movement along with my second visit of the day. I also visited the home of President Harry Truman in Independence. Both as a senator and as President, Truman took important steps that also assisted in the non-violent integration of the Federal Government including the military. This was a day of education and inspiration.
Ron Abrams is the rector of St. James.