Greater Washington Urban League teams up with the Washington Nationals for Black Heritage Day

The Greater Washington Urban League is proud to partner with the Washington Nationals to celebrate the contributions of African - Americans to the game of baseball and the community, at the 2014 Black Heritage Day, Tuesday, May 27, when the Nationals play the Miami Marlins. The pregame ceremony will start at6:50 p.m. and the game will begin at 7:05 p.m.

As stewards of the game of baseball in the Nation's Capital, the Nationals continuously strive to pay tribute to and celebrate the diverse cultures that make up the Washington, D.C. metro area community, and Black Heritage Day is an example of that commitment. "The Nationals want to reconnect our fans to the wonderful tradition and history of African Americans in Major League Baseball," said Valerie Camillo, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer for the Nationals. "Black Heritage Day gives us the opportunity to not only offer an entertaining experience at Nationals Park, but an educational one as well."

As part of Black Heritage Day, several influential members of the black community will participate in the pregame ceremony. Pregame festivities include:

  • Ceremonial First Pitch thrown by Tara Dunlap, who won the opportunity at the GWUL Gala auction
  • National Anthem performed by Grammy Award winner and D.C.-native Carolyn Malachi
  • Lineup card delivery by Michael Akin, GWUL Board Chair and President, Reingold Link
  • Howard University Army ROTC Color Guard presenting our nation's colors
  • Starting eight featuring GWUL's Kids
  • Play Ball Announcement by George H. Lambert, Jr., GWUL President & CEO
  • A live DJ from WPGC will also take the stage at the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk before the game  

All contests and videos throughout the game will highlight baseball greats in African American history, including a tribute to Jackie Robinson and an interview about the Negro Leagues with Emmy Award-winning sportscaster James Brown.

"We are excited about this new partnership which developed from a shared recognition that the Greater Washington Urban League and the Nationals have for the commitment to embrace and celebrate the diversity of the Washington, D.C. community. This is just the beginning and such a natural fit for us, I look forward to working on many more projects together," commented George H. Lambert, Jr., President and CEO of the Greater Washington Urban League.

Tickets are available at at a discounted rate in both the upper and lower levels of the ballpark, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Greater Washington Urban League and its programs.

About the Greater Washington Urban League

The Greater Washington Urban League provides more than 65,000 residents in the Washington, D.C., region with education and employment training, health and nutrition, food and utility assistance, affordable housing, and community development programs and services. Our mission is to increase the economic and political empowerment of African Americans and other minorities and to help all Americans share equally in the responsibilities and rewards of full citizenship. The League is one of 98 affiliates of the National Urban League and is a member agency of the United Way of the National Capital Area. For more information, or contact Communications Director Robyn Wilkes