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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, African-American baseball hero gets his due

Jackie Robinson is getting the big time Hollywood treatment with the new blockbuster "42". Meanwhile, a much lesser known African American baseball hero is getting his due in the cradle of baseball history.

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, NY, the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Last weekend, the town recognized his story of perseverance in the face of bigotry.  Go to full article

Twain experts remember writer and his visit to the Adks

NCPR is media sponsor for "Mark Twain in the Adirondacks", commemorating Twain's visit to Lower Saranac Lake in 1901. Scholars, authors and admirers of Twain will gather tomorrow at Guggenheim Camp to draw a more intimate portrait of the writer and humorist, and explore his lasting influence and power to provoke. Todd Moe talks with Dr. Margaret Washington, a historian at Cornell University. She'll lead a discussion about Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and give a talk titled, "Huckleberry Finn and the Reconstruction of Samuel Clemens."  Go to full article
Petrova Middle School grapples with "hate" (Photo:  School website)
Petrova Middle School grapples with "hate" (Photo: School website)

Saranac Lake school grapples with racial bullying case

Administrators and school board officials in Saranac Lake are apologizing after it was disclosed that a young girl was the subject of a bullying campaign by other students that apparently went on for more than a year. The 12-year-old girl was harassed in part because of her race. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Eddie Cruz and Clancey Watkins in a scene from <i>Spinning into Butter</i> (photo: Tara Freeman)
Eddie Cruz and Clancey Watkins in a scene from Spinning into Butter (photo: Tara Freeman)

Preview: Spinning into Butter

The play Spinning into Butter opens at St. Lawrence University tonight. Theatre is often considered a great place to probe private feelings and public behavior, as audience members share a live experience with the actors. Spinning into Butter, by Rebecca Gilman, explores not only hidden racism but the political correctness that prevents dialogue. Director Ann Marie Halstead told Todd Moe that the show is based on a racist incident that occurred at a predominantly white college in Vermont.  Go to full article

Commentary: Back in Time to 1964

With Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney so much in the new in 2005, it's easy to lose track of what our country was going through in 1964, it's hard to put ourselves back in that time even if we're old enough to remember it. Ellen Rocco is old enough and tried to remember what it felt like in 1964, in New York City.  Go to full article

Hate Letter Sent to New Dean at St. Lawrence

On Tuesday, English professor Margaret Kent Bass received a hate-filled and harrassing letter in her mailbox at St. Lawrence University. Dr. Bass' appointment to Associate Dean had recently been in the local papers, perhaps that's part of the why and how of the handwritten note. Martha Foley talks with Margaret Kent Bass and Dr. Grant Cornwell, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at St. Lawrence.  Go to full article

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