Free; ages 9-12
Celebrate Pride Month by joining us online to discuss A High Five for Glenn Burke with author Phil Bildner. Step up to the plate with the book’s protagonist, sixth grader Silas Wade, as he conducts his research project about former Major Leaguer Glenn Burke—the first openly gay baseball player and the man who invented the high five. Silas’s project about Burke paves the way for his own coming out story. Discuss the book’s themes and see related primary sources from our collection to deepen the discussion.
Get ready for the book club with these extra activities:
Check out our interview with author Phil Bildner on our History Detectives Blog.
Watch the ESPN documentary that Phil Bildner mentioned in his interview.
Silas Wade finds resources on YouTube as he embarks on his journey to come out. Check out the It Gets Better Project to discover their YourTube content. This week, join the organization online for their digital Pride experience.
Check out a brief history of LGBTQ activism produced by The Ellen Show, also available on YouTube!
Glenn Burke passed away from AIDS-related causes in 1995. New-York Historical’s 2013 exhibition AIDS in New York: The First 5 Years looked back at the early years of the epidemic. Explore some of the exhibition online.
Learn more about the experience of individuals like Glenn Burke who were impacted by the AIDS epidemic. Listen to the ACT UP Oral History Project a collection of interviews with surviving members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, New York.
Listen to the newly unearthed interview with Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.), including activists Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson.
Consider the intersection of LGBTQ rights and baseball. Consider the work of another MLB player and activist Jackie Robinson and make your own Living Legacy card to celebrate someone in your own life who has helped others.
Major League Baseball’s Shred Hate campaign organized by Billy Bean, one of the few out baseball players in MLB history.
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