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In 2017 I sponsored legislation that forever designates October 7th as “Moses Fleetwood Walker” day in Ohio.
Born in Mount Pleasant, Ohio, Moses Walker was the first African-American to play professional baseball in the United States. He signed to play ball with the Toledo Blue Stockings in 1883. Unfortunately, baseball retreated from this brief period of inclusion and became fiercely segregated until 1947 when Jackie Robinson would once again break the color barrier.
Honoring Moses Walker is about more than just remembering a baseball player; it is a reminder of who we say we are as a Nation, one that vows to protect everyone’s inalienable rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
It is also a reminder that sometimes, after we get something right…we lose our way. So, we annually honor Moses Fleetwood Walker on October 7th and remember that the battle for equality, justice, and freedom is never finished.