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Bud Fowler as a member of the 1885 Keokuk, Iowa, baseball team. Photo courtesy the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
Bud Fowler as a member of the 1885 Keokuk, Iowa, baseball team. Photo courtesy the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

A century later, an African American baseball hero gets his due

This weekend, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, near Utica, is holding its annual induction ceremony. It's the sport's greatest honor to be enshrined in the Hall.

One Upstate New York baseball legend is not in the Hall. Most people don't know his name, even though he owns an historic distinction.

In 1878, John Jackson - aka Bud Fowler - became the first African American to play professional baseball with white men. His career spanned more than 30 years as a player, manager and entrepreneur.

Fowler grew up in Cooperstown. Last spring, the town recognized his story of perseverance in the face of bigotry. David Sommerstein was there and has our story.  Go to full article
The "N word" is offensive to us and it has no place in New York state regulation...

State purges "N Word" from Environment regulations

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has begun a process designed to eliminate the racially charged "N-word" from all its maps and regulations.

The change affects documents created decades ago and includes one small lake in the southern Adirondacks. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Preview: "Reactance" at SLU

Multi-media artist Kimberly Mayhorn is artist-in-residence at St. Lawrence University this week. She's presenting workshops and the premiere of a performance piece called "Reactance". Essence magazine calls her one of "30 Women to Watch". Mayhorn is an African-American artist whose works include installation, video and theater. She works as video editor, and in 1998 began creating art installations that have been exhibited around the country. Todd Moe asked her about her latest show, "Reactance".  Go to full article

Preview: "Sweet Honey in the Rock" in Potsdam

The Grammy Award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock performs Saturday night in Hosmer Hall at SUNY-Potsdam. Todd Moe talks with Ysaye Barnwell about the group's unique mix of spirituals, hymns, jazz, blues, Hip Hop and African chants.  Go to full article

Using theater to explore African-American culture, community and concerns

A group of SUNY Potsdam students performs an excerpt from Amiri Baraka's play Slave Ship live in NCPR's studios. It chronicles African-American history from the 19th century slave trade to the civil rights and black power struggles of the '60s and '70s. "Slave Ship" will be performed at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton next month as part of Black History Month.  Go to full article
J.W. Wiley (Photo: SUNY Plattsburgh)
J.W. Wiley (Photo: SUNY Plattsburgh)

A Fresh Start on Race: "America has evolved and we are evolving."

President-elect Barack Obama takes office on January 20th. We've asking people to think big about what his Administration might accomplish. J.W. Wiley teaches philosophy and interdisciplinary studies at Plattsburgh State and is the Director of the Center for Diversity, Pluralism and Inclusion. He's an African American who works as a diversity consultant for major corporations. Wiley says Barack Obama's election has already redefined America's conversation about race and social injustice.  Go to full article

Celebrating Kwanzaa: A Focus on Traditional African Values

Today marks the second day of Kwanzaa, a unique African-American celebration with a focus on the traditional African values of family, community, responsibility and self-improvement. The seven-day event is a time of reaffirming African-American people, their ancestors and culture. Todd Moe talks with LeMoyne Robinson, Director of Multicultural Affairs at SUNY-Potsdam. LeMoyne says his father and a few friends were among the first to bring the Kwanzaa celebration to Memphis, Tennessee.  Go to full article

Celebrating Kwanzaa

Todd Moe talks with North Country resident LeMoyne Robinson about this unique celebration of traditional African values of family, community and responsibility.  Go to full article

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