District 7 Family and Friends,

You are invited to join our Spartanburg High School community for our Black History Month program next Wednesday, February 19, for a showing of the documentary film “The Other Boys of Summer” followed by a student-facilitated panel discussion with the film’s director and some of its participants.

There will be an 8:30 AM showing and a 10:00 AM showing, both in our District 7 Fine Arts Center.

If you are able to attend, please check in at the front reception desk prior to either showing and then make your way to the Fine Arts Center. As you pass through the main corridor, please enjoy the exhibit of memorabilia and artifacts from the Negro Baseball League that we have on display (additional items from the exhibit are in our arena entry area). The exhibit is open throughout the month of February and the public is welcome.

As you may be aware, this year is the centennial anniversary of the historic Negro Baseball League. Spartanburg once had our own league team, the Spartanburg Sluggers, who played at Duncan Park (which is now home to our Vikings). "The Other Boys of Summer," which is narrated by Cicely Tyson, is a story that goes far beyond baseball, truly capturing the importance of diversity and inclusion in a powerful way. We are excited to provide our students the opportunity to engage in discussion with its director and with former baseball players featured in it.

Our SHS students are also participating in a service project to create a marker and memorial at Duncan Park to honor our Spartanburg Sluggers, which is an important part of our effort to keep history alive and vibrant for future generations.

We hope you will join us for this special event as we help all students gain deeper understanding and appreciation for the contributions African Americans made in shaping this country.