Shady Side Academy Middle School welcomed Sean Gibson, executive director of the Gibson Foundation, to speak at an all-school assembly on Thursday, March 16, as part of the school's Black History Month programming.
Sean Gibson is the great-grandson of Pittsburgh baseball legend Josh Gibson, who played in the Negro Leagues from 1930 to 1946. Known as "The black Babe Ruth," he played for the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords and is considered by baseball historians to be among the best hitters and catchers ever. Although he died before Major League Baseball became integrated, his exceptional play helped to pave the way for Jackie Robinson to break the color barrier. Josh Gibson was inducted in to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.
At the assembly, Sean Gibson fielded student and faculty questions, showcased Negro league memorabilia and spoke about his great-grandfather's legacy.
On Thursday, May 4, Middle School students will attend a matinee performance of the Pittsburgh Opera's The Summer King – The Josh Gibson Story at the Benedum Center. The production honors the life and legacy of Josh Gibson and is the Pittsburgh Opera's first world premiere. At the performance, students also will get to see their very own Middle School music teacher Jeff Gross perform on stage as a member of the chorus.