Race Faith and Baseball Symposium Free to Public on April 12

Drew University calls "Batter Up" for a free symposium on Race, Faith and Baseball that is open to the public this Friday, April 12.  Sixty-five years ago, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American in the modern era to play Major League Baseball.  His breaking of the color barrier in American sports became a watershed event in the struggle for equal rights.  But, few people know that Robinson’s efforts to challenge racism and prejudice extended beyond the baseball field and continued after his playing career ended.

In 2009, a rare copy of a television program hosted by Robinson on the subject of faith, race and business ethics surfaced at Drew University in the collections of the United Methodist Archives and History Center.  As a part of the annual Arts of Respect Festival, a program titled The Sports of Respect: Race, Faith and Baseball will be hosted by  the Methodist Archives, Drew Athletics and the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict.  Jonathan Golden Assoc. Director of the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict says, "The focus of this conference reflects the commitment of the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict at Drew to understanding conflict involving faith and race anywhere.  The story of Jackie Robinson is an American baseball story.  At the same time, it carries the universal themes that are critical to the work of the Center on Religion Culture and Conflict."

This one-day conference is open to the public at no charge.  The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. on April 12, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Conference events will held in Drew’s Ehinger Center in Crawford Hall.  For more information, please contact Anderson at or visit

Sign Up for E-News

The lineup of the day's events includes (subject to change):

 9:30 a.m.       Registration

10 a.m.   Welcome and Introductions

Dr. Vivian Bull, President, Drew University

Leading Off  

                               Dr. Jonathan Golden, Associate Director, Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict, Drew University

10:15 a.m.    “ʽHello, I’m Jackie Robinson, Your Host on Talk Back’:

Discovering a Baseball Icon in a Church Archive”

Dr. Christopher J. Anderson

Methodist Librarian and Coordinator of Special Collections, Drew University

 11 a.m. “Yogi Berra: The Man, the Myth, the American Dream”

Mr. David Kaplan

Director, Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, Montclair State University

 Noon    Lunch @ Ehinger Center Café or Drew Commons Cafeteria

1 p.m.   "Diamond Shadows: The Lost History of African American Baseball"

Mr. James Gates

Library Director, National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, Cooperstown, NY

2 p.m.    “Baseball as a Road to God”

Dr. John Sexton

President, New York University, Author of Baseball as a Road to God (2013)

               (Book available for purchase with book-signing by Dr. Sexton)


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Free Public Panel Will Explore Sexual Assault and Consent

April 20, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites members of the public to attend a panel discussion on sexual assault and consent on Wednesday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m. in Room N-4 at Union County College, 1033 Springfield Avenue in Cranford. The panel will feature a question and answer session.

The panel discussion is intended to raise awareness about sexual assault and consent in ...

Annual Fishing Derby Returns to Oakwood Park on Saturday, April 28

Mark your calendars!  The annual Fishing Derby returns to Oakwood Park Saturday, April 28th, rain or shine, from 8:00 – 11:00am.  Co-sponsored by New Providence P.B.A. Local #132 and New Providence Recreation, this family favorite event is one of the borough’s “signs of spring”!

Bring your rod, reel & bait to fish for trout of varying sizes stocked in ...

Free Living History Event Showcases World War I Centennial

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents and visitors to experience battlefield life as a World War I American Salvation Army volunteer, featuring Ms. Laurie MacDonald-Gaulke, actress and storyteller, in a special free presentation of “Doughnuts for Doughboys: A Salvation Army Lassie in France.”

Doughnuts for Doughboys takes place on Tuesday, April 25 at ...

Thank You, St. Joseph's Volunteers

April 16, 2018

Thank You from St. Joseph Social Service Center

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, we would like to express our gratitude to the countless volunteers that serve the poor and homeless at St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth (  Whether you make a sandwich, collect toiletries, tutor in the job program, make soup, wrap Christmas gifts, donate food, ...

New Providence Borough Council to Cultivate Relationships with County Officials

April 12, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Councilman Robert Robinson touted the importance of personal relationships with Union County representatives at the Monday, April 9 council meeting.

Union County Freeholders Angel Estrada and Bette Jane Kowalski attended the Street Smart campaign kick-off event prior to the meeting providing the council members with the opportunity to chat face-to-face with the two ...

Chatham Township Committee Unanimously Adopts Ordinance to Ban Marijuana Retail Sales; Cannabis Advocates Disagree

April 13, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter began the new year by pledging to oppose Gov. Phil Murphy's plan to legalize the recreational use of marijuana and Thursday night he followed through by voting to adopt an ordinance that prohibits "marijuana cultivation, production testing, manufacturing facilities and retail stores' in the township.

The Chatham Township Committee ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, April 21, 11:00 AM

Our Lady of Peace , New Providence

Our Lady of the Peace Church Holds Healing & ...

Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit

Self-Care Event

Health & Wellness

Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit

Self-Care Event

Health & Wellness

Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Sheep to Shawl Festival


Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Sheep to Shawl Festival

Education Other

Sun, April 22, 2:00 PM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Celebrate National Poetry Month @NPML

Arts & Entertainment