Negro League Players, Buffalo Soldiers Share History

For ten years, the fifth grade curriculum has been tied to research and discussion of the Negro Baseball Leagues. Over the years, McDonogh has welcomed Rayner Banks, a Negro League ambassador and historian, who has helped connect students with representatives of the Negro League Players. On Thursday, February 18, Nancy McFadden and her fifth grade advisory group traveled to the Hubert Simmons Museum of Negro League Baseball to join a celebration, led by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, which honored Mr. Banks.

On Friday, February 26, Mr. Banks, former Negro League players, and their families visited with the Middle School. Prior to an assembly marking Black History Month, the fifth grade had an opportunity to meet with the players, collect autographs, and tour an exhibit of memorabilia outlining the League’s history. Also on hand with a historical display were members of the Buffalo Soldiers, a group dedicated to preserving the memory of the all-black cavalry. Both groups spoke to the Middle School about their place in history and their efforts to gain recognition.

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