LADY AT THE BAT: Walking In Memphis: The Civil Rights Game

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Walking In Memphis: The Civil Rights Game

This afternoon is what MLB hopes will be the innaugural Civil Righs Game in Memphis, TN, the city in which Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated in 1968. The game is part of a weekend of activities commemorating the Civil Rights Movement. I've been listening to and reading player comments about this weekend event, most of which are benign and probably what they think people want to hear. However, it's very refreshing to also hear the things that Preston Wilson is saying. Wilson told the St Louis Post-Dispatch, "I think the perception is if there's a dark-skinned Latin guy out there, then he's black. A lot of people don't differentiate. But it's not the case. There's a lot of issues involved."

As an African-American woman who loves the game, I have my own opinions of and personal stories related to MLB's Civil Rights Weekend in Memphis. I hope to share them with you at some point this weekend, a very busy one for me, indeed! I am going to, of all things, a fragrance conference. Hopefully I'll be able to squeeze in another post between all the sprays and sniffs!

The Lady

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