All-Sports Museum readies Black History Month events

UNIVERSITY, Pa. -- The Penn State All-Sports Museum will celebrate Black History Month by hosting speakers and a film this February. All events will be held in the Clemen’s Family Theater in the museum, and are free and open to the public.

At 7 p.m. Feb. 6, the museum will host Deryck Toles, former Penn State linebacker and founder of the organization Inspiring Minds.

Toles will talk about his rough childhood, the power of perseverance, overcoming adversity and the impact Penn State has on his life. In his time as a student athlete and team captain, Toles found his passion. In 2006, at the age of 25, Toles started Inspiring Minds, a nonprofit organization with a mission to engage, inspire and empower under-represented youth through education and exposure to life-changing experiences. Every day since, he's devoted his time to proving that anything's possible.

At 1 p.m. Feb. 16 and Feb. 17, the museum will show the film "Soul of The Game," directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan and rated PG-13.

The lives of three of America’s greatest baseball players are at the forefront of this poignant story about breaking color barriers within America’s favorite pastime. Delroy Lindo, Mykelti Williamson and Blair Underwood star as legendary African-American Hall of Famers Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson and Jackie Robinson.

At 7 p.m. Feb. 25, the museum will host Commonwealth Speaker and historian Bob Allen, who will give a lecture titled "The Souls of Black Baseball: Barnstorming the Keystone State." The presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In his talk, he'll tell the stories of Octavius Catto, Oscar Charleston, Cum Posey, Gus Greenlee, Eddie Bolden and others who contributed to Pennsylvania's rich black baseball history. Allen will also offer a journey across Pennsylvania to discover and appreciate the greatness of teams such as the Pythians, the Hilldale Club of Darby, the Philadelphia Stars, the Harrisburg Giants, the Homestead Grays and the Pittsburgh Crawfords. Through video interviews and guest appearances by living players, we follow players and teams as they move from little towns and twilight leagues closer to the national spotlight. "The Souls of Black Baseball" explores how Pennsylvania players contributed to moving the black leagues, and the nation, out of the shadow of the Jim Crow era.

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Last Updated February 06, 2013