Left to right: Gunnar Tarsa, Hannah Duggan, Haslam Welsh, Hank Aaron, Joseph Norman, Young Lim Lee
Earlier this semester Professor Joseph Norman was honored alongside baseball legend Hank Aaron at Clark Atlanta University (CAU) in conjunction with a Major League Baseball and Annual Hank Aaron Weekend celebration. This honor was related to an exhibit of Norman’s work held in the University’s art museum, Out at Home!, which paid tribute to African American baseball players in the Negro League who were barred from playing in the major leagues during the segregation era. In attendance at the event was Carolyn Young, wife of former UN ambassador Andrew Young, who invited Norman to deliver a lecture on December 5, 2017 at the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum. At this event, Norman and Aaron discussed how racism and bigotry once sullied the favorite American pastime.
Throughout the lecture, the two recalled the history and tall tales of some of the great legends of the game, including Jackie Robinson, Sachel Paige and Josh Gibson. Norman also acknowledged four Dodd undergrads and recent graduates who were in attendance and showing support: Hannah Duggan, Young Lim Lee, Haslam Welsh, and Gunnar Tarsa. Following the lecture, Maurita Poole, curator of the Clark Atlanta Art Museum, announced the purchase of Norman’s heroic lithographic portfolio, Out at Home: The Negro Baseball League, Volume I, commenting, “It is a welcomed addition to our already outstanding permanent collection." The exhibition, The Great American Pastime, will remain on view through December. The President of Clark Atlanta and his wife, Dr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Johnson, were also in attendance at the event, as well as the University's baseball team.
Norman is the former chair of the Painting and Drawing Area in the School of Art, as well as the founder of study abroad programs in Latin America, Cuba, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. His works are housed in many museums and public collections in the U.S. including: The Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Gallery and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, DC.