SABR Negro Leagues Committee awards 2013 school library grants

SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee has awarded $1,000 library grants to Randolph High School in Randolph, New Jersey and Joseph L. Carwise Middle School in Palm Harbor, Florida. School libraries from across the country were invited to submit grant proposals centering on educating students about black baseball and American history.

Randolph High School, whose program is led by librarian Stephen Cullis, plans to use its grant to encourage its students about the understanding of the Negro Leagues and their importance in the larger picture of American story and civil rights. The school will create groups to help alter its curriculum to offer different learning stages throughout their students’ eduction at the school. Students will learn about character development, the history of the Negro Leagues and its influence on American history and about the Leagues themselves. The groups will sponsor a viewing of the movie “42”, providing posters and other materials they create from their research and learning.

Carwise Middle School, whose program is led by librarian Bronwyn Main, plans to create a portion of its eighth-grade social studies curriculum on the Negro Leagues. It will explore large themes, biographies, statistics and primary sources about the leagues. The courses will also connect the story of the Negro Leagues to today’s baseball players. Students will make baseball cards of players from the Negro Leagues’ star players, possibly paper jerseys, and a variety of other projects to display around school with their research projects.

The awards will be presented at the 16th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, which will be held June 13-15, 2013, at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel in Newark, New, Jersey.

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Originally published: April 26, 2013. Last Updated: April 22, 2020.