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Little League Star Mo’ne Davis meets Hank Aaron During a Civil Rights Movement Tour
By Amanda Scurlock
Published July 2, 2015
FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, Pennsylvania's Mo'ne Davis delivers in the fifth inning against Tennessee during a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. The Disney Channel says development is under way on the biographical film, titled "Throw Like Mo." It will tell the story of this 13-year-old sensation who last summer made history as the first girl to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

FILE – In this Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, Pennsylvania’s Mo’ne Davis delivers in the fifth inning against Tennessee during a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. The Disney Channel says development is under way on the biographical film, titled “Throw Like Mo.” It will tell the story of this 13-year-old sensation who last summer made history as the first girl to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

After making history at the Little League World Series, pitching phenom Mo’ne Davis traveled to learn about her history. Last year, Davis became the first African American girl to pitch a no-hitter during the Little League World series. Now she is traveling with the Marian Anderson Monarchs, a Little League baseball team from Philadelphia, PA., on a three-week tour to learn about the Civil Rights movement, according to Sporting News.

Stops included the MLK Center for Non-Violent Social Change and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The Monarchs also met baseball Hall of Fame inductee Hank Aaron while touring Turner Field, the home to Aaron’s team: the Milwaukee Braves, according to the Associated Press.

Aaron was one of the many people that spoke to the children during the tour. He talked about growing up in Alabama. The Monarchs traveled via an “authentic 1947 Flxible Clipper touring bus,” a bus like the ones Aaron used to travel in, according to Associated Press.

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The team will travel to 20 cities on their “Barnstorming Civil Rights Tour,” according to the Alabama News Network. Another stop was in Birmingham, Ala. Where they visited the historic church where four girls died in an explosion on September 15, 1963. The team talked to Lisa McNair, a sister of one of the explosion victims, according to the Associated Press.

They also went to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, where they met Doug Jones; Jones is the U.S. Attorney who convicted two of the church bombers, according to Associate Press. In Alabama, they visited the Selma Interpretive Center and walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, according to Alabama News Network.

Davis recently turned 14 years old and was drafted to the Harlem Globetrotters, according to Sporting News. She appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated last August. Despite her success in baseball, Davis wants to play in the WMBA, according to the Alabama Media Group.

 

 

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