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Play Ball: Birmingham Welcomes the 2014 Sports Kid of the Year Mo’ne Davis to the Magic City

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                       Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

BIRMINGHAM, AL – She’s the 2014 Sports Kids of the Year, but to Mo’ne Davis she’s just a regular kid looking to learn more about the Civil Rights Movement. Davis and teammates are in the Magic City as a part of a 23-day, 21-city Civil Rights Tour. Their stop in Birmingham is extra special as they will take part in a Negro League Tribute game tonight at 6 p.m. at the historic Rickwood Field, which is the oldest professional ballpark in the United States.

“How exciting is it that our youth are not only being able to learn about the Civil Rights Movement, but they’re doing it while having fun,” Birmingham City Councilor Sheila Tyson said.

Councilor Tyson is a part of the group who is responsible for bringing the team here for this unique event. She’ll also be throwing out the first pitch at tonight’s game. It’s also special to note that during tonight’s game the Anderson Monarchs will be wearing Philadelphia Stars’ Negro League uniforms while playing against a Willie Mays RBI program team who will be sporting Birmingham Black Barons’ Negro League uniforms.

“This tour’s a tribute to the Civil Rights Movement,” Monarchs coach Steve Bandura said during a radio interview with WFAN. “For the past six months, weekly we’ve gotten together and studied and watched documentaries and read books and had discussions about the Civil Rights movement.”

The tour will continue after Birmingham with a stop in Montgomery, the location of the 1955 bus boycott sparked by Rosa Parks, followed by a stop in Selma to learn more about Bloody Sunday.

For media inquires, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at 205-721-5369 or