Parallel Goals Plus Mutual Admiration and Respect: Robinson and King, Jr.

Appalachian’s Black Faculty and Staff Association’s “Lunch and Learn with Derrick C. Jones ‘79”
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 / 12:00pm
Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 421

Members of Appalachian’s Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA), Black Student Association (BSA), the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Student Diversity and Belk Library faculty and staff are invited to meet Derrick C. Jones ’79 at a luncheon hosted by Belk Library and Information Commons, Reich College of Education and University Advancement. This "lunch and learn" event is part of The Derrick C. Jones Residency on the Negro Leagues Baseball Era.

At this luncheon, Jones will speak about the special relationship that developed between baseball great, Jackie Robinson, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through letters they wrote to one another.

Jones said, “My love for both the Negro Leagues Baseball and the legendary Jackie Robison led me to develop this particular talk. In my research, I discovered that both Dr. King and Jackie Robinson received Honorary Doctor of Law Degrees at the 89th commencement ceremony at Howard University on June 7th 1957. Hence I wanted to develop my conclusion about the relationship these two giants had with one another.”

Robinson began his baseball career with the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues before becoming the first player to break the baseball color line when he was hired as first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

If you listen carefully to the language in these letters, including the reasoning behind the language, Jones believes you can determine the broad circumstances in their lives and their understanding for each other. “I will share ten commonalities of the giants,” Jones said.

Seating is limited. Please R.S.V.P. by April 10 to Lynn Patterson (

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 April 13-April 17, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited.

The Derrick C. Jones Residency on the Negro Leagues Baseball Era 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.

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 additional information, call 828-262-2144 or email Susan King at