The Roy Bailey African American Museum and History Center celebrated the legacy of the Lebanon Clowns Negro League baseball team Sunday at Pickett-Rucker United Methodist Church.
The event also honored two recipients of the Christopher Price Athletic Award, Macieo Gains and Delisha Kirkendoll.
The theme for the evening was “Securing Our Future by Nurturing and Training Our Youth” and the Rev. Dr. Charlie Edward McAdoo, a former member of the Clowns, was the guest speaker.
McAdoo said that they have been honoring the Lebanon Clowns since 1999 and this was the fourth year they have had the Chris Price Scholarship.
McAdoo said that the main thing to notice about the event is that it’s inter-generational. He said that tying together four generations, from the years of the Clowns in the 1950’s all the way to the Price award recipients now, was his reason for his coming.
“We are the building blocks for the community,” McAdoo said. “We are here as a part of the present future; the youth of the present are everything.”
McAdoo said that sometimes trying to breach the generational gap can be like trying to mix oil and water.
“Science talks about oil and water not being able to come together, but a friend told me that there is a possibility for oil and water to come together,” McAdoo said. “They need a catalyst to mix.”
The catalyst that will bring everyone from the youngest to the oldest together is having someone to “stand ready” for you and to listen to you, McAdoo said. He said it is all about relationships and listening.
“Everyone needs someone that tells them ‘yes you can make it’,” McAdoo said.
McAdoo said that Lebanon is his heart and family and he comes back here because of the people who stood ready for him.
After the presentation by McAdoo, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Price presented the Christopher Price Athletic Award to Gains and Kirkendoll.
Kirkendoll was the first female to apply for the award.