Derrick C. Jones Residency on Negro League Baseball Era at ASU, Events April 12 – 18

Published Friday, April 10, 2015 at 1:59 pm
Courtesy Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, St. Louis, Mo.

Courtesy Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, St. Louis, Mo.

Derrick C. Jones ’79, will return to Appalachian April 12-18 for a residency featuring lectures and presentations on the Negro Leagues Baseball Era for audiences on campus, at public schools and in the community.

Jones, semi-retired after 33 years as a public educator, has always been interested in the Negro Leagues. He has conducted extensive research about that era of American history (1920-1960) for the last 20 years, though he is quick to say his passion is “just a hobby.”

The Negro Leagues were an important institution in the fight for civil rights for African-American athletes. However, that era is seldom taught in public schools, leaving this important part of our national history largely unknown.

As an extension of his research, Jones began to gather memorabilia from that time period. His collection has grown into an extensive assortment of authentic Negro Leagues jerseys, baseball mitts, vintage trading cards, autographs, photo collections, figurines, and numerous other Negro Leagues collectibles and artifacts.



Over time, Jones also developed an interactive program titled “A History of the Negro Leagues Baseball Era and Players,” which he has shared with schools and communities across North Carolina and Virginia. Children are invited to participate in the presentation by wearing reproductions of size-appropriate jerseys of famous players and reading short biographies of stars like Jackie Robinson, “Cool Papa” Bell, John-Henry “Pop” Lloyd and Josh Gibson.

School principals, teachers and students have given Jones’ presentation outstanding reviews. One principal wrote, “This was … a great experience, not just for my students, but for my staff as well. I could hear, see, and smell the ball field. All that was missing was the peanuts.”

Jones’ “Traveling Museum of Artifacts from the Negro Leagues Era” will be displayed in Plemmons Student Union’s Multicultural Center from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., April 13-17. Campus and community members are invited to view the exhibit.

Hosts for Jones’ presentations and lectures include the Boone Mennonite Brethren Church, Appalachian’s Black Faculty and Staff Association, the Diversity Celebration, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Mabel School, the Department of Sociology and Watauga County Library.

For a complete schedule of the Derrick Jones Residency, visit For additional information, call 828-262-2144 or email Susan King at [email protected].

The Derrick Jones Residency is sponsored by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance, with support from Belk Library and Information Commons, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, and Dan’l Boone Inn.

See list of events below:

The History of the Negro Leagues Baseball Era and Players”

Mr. Jones’ “Traveling Museum of Artifacts from the Negro Leagues Era and Players” will be on display in the Multicultural Center and in the International Hallway, on the first floor of Plemmons Student Union, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m from April 13 to 17.  Admission is free.

Note that note all of the events are open to the public. *** Denotes that the event is open to the public. Admission is free.

Sunday, April 12 – Boone Mennonite Brethren Church ***

10:30 a.m. at the Boone Church, 161 Church Street in Boone

Meditation: “The Spiritual Impact of Max Manning and Buck Leonard of the Negro Leagues”

Monday, April 13 – Reich College of Education Panel Discussion ***

1:30 p.m. in the Reich College of Education Rotunda

Panel discussion: “ASU – Then and Now” with alumni Flo Sessoms ’76, Derrick Jones ‘79, Willie Fleming ’80 and ’84, Andre Dixon ’96, Nakia Hardy ’98, and Amber Haigler ’15

The campus community is invited.

Tuesday, April 14 – Appalachian’s Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA)

12:00 p.m. in Room 421, Belk Library

Lunch and Learn: “Parallel Goals Plus Mutual Admiration and Respect: Robinson and King, Jr.”

Lunch provided by Belk Library and Information Commons

Members of BFSA and the Black Student Alliance (BSA) are invited.

Please R.S.V.P. by April 8 to Lynn Patterson ([email protected])

 Tuesday, April 14 – The 14th Annual Diversity Celebration ***

4:30 p.m. in Roan Mountain Room, Plemmons Student Union

Interactive presentation for children: “The Negro Leagues History and Players”

The public is invited.

Wednesday, April 15 – Department of Sociology

11:00 a.m. in Room 207, Chapell Wilson Hall

Classroom lecture: “The Impact of the Negro Leagues on Communities Between 1940-1947”

For Dr. Ken Muir’s “Sociology of Sport” students

Wednesday, April 15 – Turchin Center for the Visual Arts ***

7:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall, downstairs

Guest lecture: “The History of the Negro Leagues Baseball Era and Players”

The public is invited. 

Thursday, April 16 – Mabel School, Zionville

10:00 a.m. in the Mabel School Auditorium

Interactive presentation for children“The Negro Leagues History and Players”

For third, fourth and fifth grade students

Saturday, April 18 – Watauga County Library ***

11:00 a.m. at the library, 140 Queen Street in Boone

Story Time on the Steps at Watauga Library: Froggy Plays T-Ball by Jonathan London and Frank Remkiewicz for children ages 4-10.

The community is invited.



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