The College of Coastal Georgia is hosting a multi-media presentation by actor, author, jazz singer and filmmaker Byron Motley.
Motley's project is entitled "The Negro Baseball Leagues: An American Legacy" and it documents some of the significant contributions to the sport and to society made by Negro League players, using almost 90 photographs to illustrate the history of African-American baseball from the late 19th century through the middle 20th century.
Prior to producing the television documentary film, Motley co-authored Ruling over Monarchs, Giants and Stars: True Tales of Breaking Barriers, Umpiring Baseball Legends, and Wild Adventures in the Negro Leagues, with his father, Bob Motley, who was an umpire in the League between the mid-1940s and 1950s. Motley's father was also one of the first African-American Marines who called the balls and strikes of such legendary Negro League players as Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Willie Mays and Satchel Paige.
As an entertainer, Motley has performed on Broadway, on stage with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and worked with names such as Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Barry Manilow, Barbra Streisand and Dionne Warwick.
The program will be held in the Terrill Thomas Auditorium of the Southeast Georgia Conference Center on Thursday, February 7, at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
This is one of several campus events sponsored by the College's Multicultural Program Committee in celebration of Black History Month.