Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports

Join Us for Opening Day Block Party

Saturday, April 21st at 10:00am
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
United States

Event Description:

The LBJ Presidential Library presents Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports, on exibit open to the public April 21, 2018 through January 13, 2019.

Join us for the LBJ Library Block Party – Opening Day Exhibition of Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports, Saturday, April 21. 959 RnB afternoon host Snupe Daniel will be on hand from 10am to 1pm but the festivities keep on going to 3pm. There will be giveaways, food trucks, sports activities, music and more.

  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Festivities on the LBJ plaza and lawn
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. - Exhibition on view inside the library

FREE All Day! RSVP Requested.

For all exhibit and opening day info. visit lbjlibrary.org.

Get in the Game: examines the intersection of social justice and sports in the United States. The exhibition celebrates athletes who have broken barriers and spoken out against inequality, both on and off the playing field. Beginning at the turn of the nineteenth century and continuing through the current day, Get in the Game encourages visitors to think about sports as part of an ongoing national conversation and as a vehicle for social change.

Exhibition highlights:

  • Jim Thorpe's gold medals from the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm
  • Jesse Owens' diary from the 1936 Olympics in Berlin
  • Negro League baseball jersey and cleats
  • Black Fives Era basketball artifacts
  • All-American Girls Professional Baseball League artifacts
  • Autographed Muhammad Ali boxing gloves
  • Autographed Jim Brown football
  • Autographed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar jersey and shoes
  • Billie Jean King's tennis dress
  • Venus and Serena Williams' 2008 Olympic uniforms

SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY:

10 a.m.-1 p.m. - Snupe Daniel of 95.9 RnB, live remote from the block party

12 noon-1 p.m. - Autograph signing with Nevil Shed in the Great Hall of the LBJ Library.

Shed was a member of the historic 1965-66 Texas Western Miners (now known as The University of Texas at El Paso) basketball team. The Miners were the first team with an all-African American starting lineup to win an NCAA basketball national championship. Shed currently works for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs.

1:30-2 p.m. - Meet The Coyote
Photographs encouraged. No autographs will be permitted. Note: The Coyote's appearance is subject to game availability.

2-2:30 p.m. - Meet Da Bull of the Austin Spurs
Photographs encouraged. No autographs will be permitted.