Black History Month
Events and Activities
The Bloomington Human Rights Commission hosted 200 guests on February 27 for the Black History Celebration, Black Baseball in Minnesota and the Beginning of the Minnesota Twins in Bloomington.
City Councilmember Tim Busse emceed the event which included welcomes by State Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey and Minnesota Twins Emerging Markets Director Miguel Ramos. City Councilmember Dwayne Lowman was also in attendance.
The program opened with Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey reflecting on the historical point in time when Robinson was signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Stew Thornley, author, historian and official home game scorer for the Minnesota Twins then shared special highlights of the Millers and the beginning of Twins at Metropolitan Stadium. Featured speaker, Frank White highlighted outstanding local teams and black players who often went unidentified and recognized for their athletic ability due to the color of their skin.
The event was in conjunction with several other activities in February, including a historical exhibit curated by Mr. White. Event sponsors included Minnesota Twins, Bloomington Historical Society, Ramsey County Historical Society and Bloomington Heritage Days.
For more information on the historical exhibit, "They Played for the Love of the Game: Adding to the Legacy of Minnesota Black Baseball," contact Ramsey County Historical Society.
For more information:
Human Services Division
1800 West Old Shakopee Road
PH: 952-563-8733, 952-563-8740 TTY