Packers Hall marks Black History

Features players include Willie Davis, Dave Robinson, LeRoy Butler, Ezra Johnson and Cullen Jenkins

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame is preparing for February's third annual Black History Month, a program in which the organization joins the annual celebration of the achievements and contributions African-Americans have made in American History.

The celebration has new features to offer, in addition to the panel discussion which has been a part of the first two offerings.

An autograph session, featuring Packers Hall of Famers Willie Davis (also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame) and Dave Robinson, will be held Friday, Feb. 27, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Paid admission is required for the autograph session.

 A featured Hall of Famer will be highlighted during segments of the month with an autographed football from each given away via random drawing. Visitors to the Hall can sign up at the display for a chance to win. The featured players will be Davis, Edgar Bennett, LeRoy Butler, Ezra Johnson and Robinson.

The annual panel discussion will take place Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hall of Fame and feature former players Davis, Robinson and Rob Davis, as well as current player Cullen Jenkins and Packers assistant director of pro personnel Tim Terry. Topics will include the contributions of African-Americans to the game of football as a whole, as well as to the success of the Packers. Admission to the Packers Hall of Fame will be free after 6 p.m. for the discussion.

 "We're looking forward to celebrating Black History Month with our guests at the Hall of Fame," Krissy Zegers, Packers Hall of Fame and Stadium Tours manager, said in a press release issued by the team. "It's an honor for the Hall to offer this program and recognize the great contributions African-American players and coaches have made to the Packers through the organization's history."

Visitors to the Hall of Fame will be given a booklet that will serve as their guide while touring the facility. It will provide a history of African-American players in professional football as a whole, as well as provide information on many notable African-American Packers players and coaches, including Bob Mann (1950-54), the first African-American player to see action in a Packers regular-season game.

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors (62 and older), military personnel (with I.D.), college students (with I.D.) and youth 12-17; $5 for children 6-11; and children 5 and under are free. Group pricing is available for schools and other groups; for more information, contact the Hall of Fame at (920) 569-7512. Information also is available online at www.lambeaufield.com.

Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com, or leave him a question in Packer Report's subscribers-only Lambeau Level forum.


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