'Grand Slam' looks at history of Negro Baseball League

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 4, 2011

It was billed as the greatest day in baseball history. All-Stars from the Negro League would play All-Stars from the organized major league.
“Grand Slam” is the story about one of the Negro League’s greatest players — James Jones — who finds himself in a position that could change how baseball will be played in years to come, or ultimately, bring down the Negro Baseball League altogether.
The audience, through the course of Jones’ journey, will find themselves questioning whether he will do the right thing or not.
Written, produced and directed by Larry “Syid” Wright, a young writer from Greensboro, the play is entertaining, educational and packed with drama.
The play has been part of the National Black Theater Festival, Greensboro Fringe Theater Festival and has been performed numerous times since 2005.
“Grand Slam” is being presented locally by The Dunbar Reunion Committee as a fundraising event on May 13 and 15 at the Looking Glass Artist Collective black box theater, 405 N. Elm St.
Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday, May 13, and on Sunday, May 15 at 4 and 7 p.m.
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The Dunbar Mass Reunion Committee is made up of graduates of the now closed Dunbar School in East Spencer.
It was organized in 1984 in an effort to reunite school attendees, to provide a historical perspective of the East Spencer community, to increase the awareness of the numerous Black leaders who were educated at Dunbar High School, and to help rebuild and revitalize Black families in the East Spencer and Salisbury areas.
The committee is dedicated to promoting unity and educational development as it seeks to sustain Dunbar’s rich legacy. Dunbar High school served residents of the East Spencer community from 1929 through 1969.
The Dunbar Mass Reunion Committee sponsors several fundraisers to bolster its scholarship programs which provide scholarships to local students attending college, or desiring to attend. The Committee also offers assistance to families that may have unique needs or special circumstances.
The Dunbar Mass Committee is a not-for-profit organization, and is seeking donations and sponsors to assist with its mission.
For more information about the play and tickets, call 704-630-0922.