“Get in the Game” Members-only Exhibition Preview and Reception

Apr 19, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Special Exhibition Gallery and Great Hall, LBJ Library

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Friends members are invited to join us for a preview and reception celebrating the library's upcoming special exhibition, Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports. Enjoy refreshments, hors d'oeuvres, and an after-hours preview of the exhibition before it opens to the public.

About the Exhibition
Get in the Game: The Fight for Equality in American Sports examines the intersection of social justice and sports in the United States. The exhibition celebrates athletes who have broken barriers and spoken out against inequality, both on and off the playing field. Beginning at the turn of the nineteenth century and continuing through the current day, Get in the Game encourages visitors to think about sports as part of an ongoing national conversation and as a vehicle for social change.

Exhibition highlights:

  • Jim Thorpe's gold medals from the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm
  • Jesse Owens' diary from the 1936 Olympics in Berlin
  • Negro League baseball jersey and cleats
  • Black Fives Era basketball artifacts
  • All-American Girls Professional Baseball League artifacts
  • Autographed Muhammad Ali boxing gloves
  • Autographed Jim Brown football
  • Autographed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar jersey and shoes
  • Billie Jean King's tennis dress
  • Venus and Serena Williams' 2008 Olympic uniforms

The exhibition will be on view to the public April 21, 2018 through January 13, 2019. Generous support of the exhibition is provided by The University of Texas at Austin and an anonymous donor. Additional support provided by Nike.

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Please RSVP by emailing [email protected]. This event is for members age 21 and up only. We encourage families to attend the opening day festivities on Saturday, April 21, for kid-friendly activities including sports on the plaza and lawn, food trucks, and live music.

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Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
[email protected]

Deborah Arronge
Membership Manager

LBJ Presidential Library
[email protected]
(512) 721-0198

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