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Baseball & Civil Rights: The Other Boys of Summer

A project in Hoboken, NJ by Lauren Meyer

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Racism & Civil Rights in America told via the lives of the Negro League baseball players. Features exclusive interviews with players.
Backers: 233
Average Pledge Per Backer: $92

Funded: $21,380 of $12,800
Dates: Jan 15th -> Feb 15th (32 days)
Project By: Lauren Meyer
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February 14th - via:
This has been an incredible month.  Thank you all for your support.  You are making it possible to get the film out.  The film has been getting lots of media coverage.  Most recently a sportswriter for the Asbury Park Press did a great feature... (Read More)

Pitchers and Catchers Reporting to Spring Training

February 13th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Negro Leagues Documentary Generates Serious Support on Kickstarter

February 9th - via:
The Other Boys of Summer is a departure from standard baseball documentaries, offering viewers a unique look at baseball's Negro Leagues through through first-person accounts from the people who lived it, the players themselves. And thanks to a recent Kickstarter campaign, it's nearing completion. (Read More)

8x10 Autographed Player photos just added to rewards

February 7th - via:
I just got off the phone with Mae Scott who is the wife of Negro League player Bob Scott.  Bob barnstormed with Jackie Robinson's All Stars and played for the NY Black Yankees.  Over the last 10 years he and I have talked many times.  Bob calls me... (Read More)

Super Bowl Weekend Giveaway

February 3rd - via:
I'm giving away a Jim Robinson autographed baseball card to 1 lucky backer. EVERYONE who backs the project this weekend (Feb. 3-4) and shares the link to the kickstarter will be entered into a drawing for the card. Why should football get all the... (Read More)

Jackie Robinson's Birthday is TODAY

January 31st - via:
Jackie would have been 99 today.  His legacy continues to make a difference and inspire.  I'm posting a short video across social media today to honor Jackie and his impact on civil rights.  It's narrated by Leonard Coleman who is the honorary... (Read More)

“Project we Love”

January 29th - via:
Kickstarter has chosen to feature “The Other Boys of Summer” as a “Project We Love”. Thank You Kickstarter. But you guys who are already backing the project didn’t need them to convince you. You recognized something worthwhile when you saw... (Read More)

Due to popular demand - Added "Minnie Miñoso Special - Take 2" Reward

January 24th - via:
The support continues to stream in and the rewards continue to sell out.  I've added in 2 more Minnie Miñoso Specials (take 2).  I'm also working on trying to get additional signed player photos to add to the reward options.  The original 8x10's... (Read More)

The film is growing!

January 23rd - via:
The buzz immediately following the launch was incredible. I've not only reached the initial goal but now people are hopping on board to help the film grow and make a bigger impact.  I've been contacted by bloggers and podcasters who are sharing our... (Read More)

We reached the initial goal in just 4 days!!!

January 19th - via:
Its incredible to see the support the project is receiving.  The $12,800 will insure that I can pay for the rights to include the archival materials and the music library music for screenings and festivals.  Thank you all!! The next step will be to... (Read More)

Back by popular demand - "Champion of Civil Rights" Reward

January 16th - via:
The campaign took off like gangbusters.  Or better yet,  like Cool "Papa" Bell.  He was a Negro League player who is in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.  He's famous for his speed.  The story goes, Cool "Papa" Bell was so fast that he would turn... (Read More)

Day 1

January 15th - via:
Wow!  The support I've received already, is amazing.  My farthest backer comes from Stockholm, Sweden.  Thank you to everyone who has jumped on board.  I'm excited to keep this train rolling.  Here's an MLK Jr. quote that I believe fits nicely.... (Read More)

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