Negro League Legends Hall of Fame, Historical Black Press Foundation Partner to Establish the Sam Lacy/Black Press Minority Sports Journalism Fund

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Fund addresses the need for more minority sports writers.

Negro league baseball collectors will be delighted to know that the Negro League Legends Hall of Fame will donate collectibles to the V.I.P. Welcome Reception and Silent Auction held September 15, 1005 at the Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago, IL. The event kickoffs the Black Press All Star Awards and Onsite Media Clinic on September 16-17, 2005.

The Negro League Legends Hall of Fame, which is scheduled to open a museum in late 2005 which will exclusively house the tribute to legendary Black sportswriter Sam Lacy, has also teamed up to the Historical Black Press Foundation to address the need for more minority sports writers.

“The Negro League Legends Hall of Fame is proud to work with the Historical Black Press Foundation in establishing the Sam Lacy/Black Press Minority Sports Journalism Fund,” said Dwayne Renal Sims, founder and CEO of NLLHOF.

“American media is facing a diversity crisis, especially in the sports arena. Today there are more than 13,000 White newsroom managers and only 980 Black and Hispanic managers, the timing of this announcement couldn’t be better,” said DC Livers, managing editor of the Historical Black Press Foundation. “It’s time for American journalism to provide a seat at the table and allow minority journalists to make a contribution to sports journalism.”

ABOUT THE NEGRO LEAGUE LEGENDS HALL OF FAME    

The vision of the Negro League Legends Hall of Fame is to educate young and old about the contributions of the Negro League Legends in American Baseball History. The N.L.L.H.O.F. museum will be a one-of-a-kind research center dedicated to all of the Negro League Legends, Major, Minor and those who barnstormed as a salute to playing for the love of the game.

ABOUT THE HISTORICAL BLACK PRESS FOUNDATION

HBPF fosters dialogue between the mainstream media and minority news organizations, executives and professionals. In addition to providing professional development, HBPF gives exposure minority media executives, professionals and companies committed to diversity.

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