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UWFox Hosts ‘History and Legacy of the Negro Baseball Leagues’

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The history of the legendary Negro Baseball Leagues in the United States is the focus of two presentations at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley on February 25. “The Negro Baseball Leagues: An American Legacy,” is being presented by Byron Motley from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the campus’ Fine Arts Theatre, and from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Student Union. Both presentations are free to the public, with free and unreserved seating available.

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Byron Motley PosterHe is also presenting the same program at the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac, on Tuesday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m., in the Large Group Instruction Room.

Byron Motley’s father, Bob, umpired in the Negro Baseball Leagues for over a decade. He passed on inspiring stories and fascinating facts about those exciting times to his son. The story of the Negro Leagues has been said to transcend the game of baseball…it’s a story of pride, hope and courage. The stories that Byron shares with the audience reflect a significant slice of social history as well as how the Negro Leagues impacted the national pastime when our nation’s society was still segregated.

A multi-talented artist from Los Angeles, the younger Motley is currently producing a television documentary entitled “The Negro Baseball Leagues – An American Legacy.” He is also co-author of his father’s memoir, “Ruling Over Monarchs, Giants & Stars: Umpiring in the Negro Leagues & Beyond,” that chronicles his father’s journey of growing up in segregated America, becoming one of the first African-American Marines, and ultimately his experiences in Negro baseball.

His presentation focuses on the lasting contributions made by the Negro Leagues and its players, and how they ultimately impacted the nation’s Civil Rights Movement.Byron Motley

Byron Motley is also a talented singer and songwriter. As a singer he has performed and recorded with Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand, Melissa Ethridge, Barry Manilow as well as several American Idol winners. He has performed on Broadway and added his vocal talent to several movie soundtracks.

Byron Motley’s presentations at UWFox are sponsored by the Fox Cities Stadium Charitable Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the Kimberly-Clark African American Employee Network, and the UWFox Campus Activities Board.

For more information about Byron Motley’s presentations at UWFox, contact Jeff Kuepper, student activities coordinator, 920-832-2671 or email jeff.kuepper@uwc.edu. UWFox is located at 1478 Midway Road, Menasha.


The presentation at UW-Fond du Lac, located at 400 University Drive, is sponsored by the UWFdL Student Activities Committee. For more information about the UWFdL program, call (920) 929-3600. Motley’s web site is www.byronmotley.com.

Posted 02/12/2008