Lugnuts hosting Black history movies
By Julie Newell
In honor of the 56th anniversary of the March on Washington and the “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, two free movies will be shown this weekend at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing.
The documentary, “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” will be shown Friday, Aug. 28. The Jackie Robinson story, “42” will be shown Saturday, Aug. 29. Both movies will start at 7 p.m. and will be followed with a fireworks display.
The Lansing Lugnuts worked closely with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan and the East Lansing Public Library to open up Cooley Law School Stadium to the public for the movies.
“There had been conversations for a little bit between the Lansing Lugnuts and the MLK Commission, in terms of how we can use the stadium as an outdoor venue,” Lugnuts Radio Broadcaster and Media Relations Specialist Jesse Goldberg-Strassler said.
“In those conversations with the MLK Commission – we’re a baseball park – why not also open up the stadium so that people can come and watch the movie “42” after the Lemonade League concludes?”
Goldberg-Strassler said the Lansing Lugnuts played a variety of videos throughout the Lemonade League to celebrate the anniversary of the voting rights act being passed, and commemorating the Negro League that started in 1920.
“We’ve shown that we can handle a safe venue, with the Lemonade League having 20 games,” Goldberg-Strassler said.
According to Goldberg-Strassler, this will be not be the only movie event hosted at the stadium. During autumn, the Lugnuts plan to host more pop-up movie events.
“If we have an outdoor venue, how can we best use our outdoor venue to serve our community?” Goldberg-Strassler said.
To comply with COVID-19 safety regulations, those who attend must wear a mask and social distance. There is a 100-person limit for this event. Those interested in attending are asked to register at http://ww2.lansinglugnuts.com/evites/LL_20_MOVIE_NIGHT_42.html.