Jackson State University will host former Little League pitching sensation Mo’ne Davis and the Anderson Monarchs of Philadelphia, Pa., as they take on a Richland Little League team in a free public exhibition game at JSU’s Robert “Bob” Braddy Field at noon Saturday, June 27, as part of the Monarchs’ barnstorming civil rights tour.
The Monarchs burst onto the national sports scene behind the talent of its female pitcher Mo’ne last summer. In August 2014, she became the first African-American girl to play in the Little League World Series and is the first girl to pitch a shutout and earn a win, which landed her on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
The now under-13 team, which is a week into its tour, includes many of the former Little Leaguers. Before making their way to Braddy Field, players will visit southern cities such as Jackson, where civil rights legends played key roles. The stop in Jackson will include a visit to the home where Medgar Evers lived.
The Monarchs already have made several other significant stops during their sojourn. They toured the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., where four young girls were killed during a bombing in 1963; and visited Atlanta Braves legend Hank Aaron, who shared his experience of growing up in Alabama.
For more information about the Anderson Monarchs and upcoming tours, visit http://andersonmonarchs.org/#.