Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president on role of Negro Leagues in World War II

Proud men who served in World War II,
who were stationed at Subic Bay in the Philippines in the great
land of who would integrate the American army just weeks after Jackie
Robinson also served in the US Navy. So the Navy certainly has a great
connection to this story. And as I was saying with some of
the folks, I think we’re talking before the program started, you’re getting out
of the lead that a book is somewhere and then worked somewhere all of them for
being here at this house. On this very, very auspicious occasion, as we remember and commemorate one
of the most historic occasions ever. And there would not have been a land
of a free or a home on the green. Had it not been for
the courageous service people who laid it all on the line for
an opportunity for all of us to be free. But I feel also admits it,
it is so important, that we not forget the African-American
participation in this. And Ray touched upon it as well
throughout conflict that US service people have been involved with. African-American presence has been a major
part of it, World War II was no exception. And as we pay rifle tribute,
typically on day and we’ll have Bray, who was part of that invasion of Normandy. We also reflect on all of those
who also made it on the line for freedom in this country, and
had it not been for World War II. I’m not sure we were saying the
integration of our sport at the time in which we did. Because as we were discussing earlier,
there was this groundswell of sentiment for the fact that you had all
of these young black soldiers dying. Fighting essentially the same racism in another country that they were
being asked to accept here at home. And that is what started
to build that sentiment. Well, if they can die fighting for
their country, they ought to be able to play
baseball in this country

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