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Breaking baseball’s color barrier: Moses Fleetwood Walker, the true first African American player

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When it comes to Major League Baseball’s long history, Jackie Robinson is widely known as the man to break its color barrier. However, there’s another player who continues to get overlooked for that title and his name is Moses Fleetwood Walker.

“They are nothing compared to what Moses Fleetwood Walker was doing back then,” television producer Byron Motley said.

A writer for the documentary “The League,” Motley has spent a lot of time studying African American baseball players. Walker being one of them who has proven to be a Toledo revolutionary and whose stellar play on the baseball field remains mind-blogging to historians.

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5 Famous Celebrities from Toledo (and what they do)

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Toledo, Ohio, often celebrated for its impressive contributions to the glass industry, is also the birthplace of a remarkable array of talents in entertainment, sports, and beyond. This city, nestled at the western tip of Lake Erie, has given the world some of its most beloved figures.

Let’s shine a spotlight on five of Toledo’s most famous personalities who have brought pride to their hometown.

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‘A Night of Black Voices’ to feature Toledo’s most talented Black vocalists this weekend

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Stone Productions and the Collingwood Arts Center is presenting ‘Not Your Average Ensemble – A Night of Black Voices’ this weekend in Toledo.

The event will take place on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Collingwood Arts Center located at 2413 Collingwood Blvd.

Organizers say ‘A Night of Black Voices’ is a jukebox cabaret that will feature individual and group numbers performed by some of Toledo’s most talented Black vocalists. Tickets for the event are $15 online or $20 at the door.

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Say it with a barbershop quartet; Local group spreads Valentine’s Day love with a song

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In Ottawa Hills Wednesday, the home of Lanette Cornell was the site of a special Valentine’s Day performance meant to showcase love.

Cornell was treated to a song, along with desserts, a flower and a card, a package delivered from “The Voices of Harmony.”

The barbershop quartet, based out of Alliance Church in Bowling Green, travels around the northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan region, hired by people to sing for their significant others.

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Remembering Toledo jazz icon Art Tatum

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Throughout Black History Month, we will look at Toledo native and jazz pianist Art Tatum and how he influenced the world of jazz for generations.

You can watch the first part of the month-long series above.

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Mobile Meals of Toledo working to ensure food delivered despite icy conditions Tuesday

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Freezing rain overnight into Tuesday morning will cause a risk of icy roads, so Mobile Meals of Toledo is working double time to fulfill its commitment to serving people who need assistance with diet and meal preparation regardless of age and income.

“We often see ourselves as first responders and support people during inclement weather and natural disasters,” said Alison Foreman, CEO of Mobile Meals of Toledo. “We have a disaster preparedness plan; we are prepared.”

Delivery scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled due to the conditions, so Mobile Meals of Toledo employees have been working double time to fill orders and support the more than 300 clients they serve.

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Celebration of life being held for Toledo musician who unexpectedly passed away last week

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Toledo’s music community is mourning the loss of one of their own this week.

47-year-old Andrew Ellis suddenly passed away on January 12th, surprising most in the community who heard the news.

For decades, Ellis was a one-man-band in the area playing his Blues and Americana music for people across the region.

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Toledo organization gives young men positive role models to keep them on the right path

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Toledo ended 2023 with more teens either being involved in or being victims of violent crime in comparison to 2022.

A local organization is working to give young boys proper guidance.

“I grew up in a father-absent home,” said Tramain Rayford, the founder and CEO of The Program Inc. “I lacked identity, I lacked having a moral compass and knowing when to do the right thing. We can look all around in our society and see that so many young men are suffering from the same things I did.”

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How to set (and keep) a 2024 New Year’s resolution

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Getting back into a fitness routine is a goal many set when starting a new year, but sticking to it can be a challenge. Fitness experts say you should start with a plan.

Nick Tomasello opened the doors to the Game Fit HQ fitness gym back in September 2023. He said his gym’s mission is to give people a plan they can manage.

“Don’t feel like you have to accomplish your larger goal right away,” Tomasello said. “Make sure you are setting smaller goals each day and each month so that we have things that feel more manageable and are more rewarding, so the process is more manageable long term.”

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‘Music is for everyone’: Toledo 10-year-old publishes book on piano composers

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This time of year, most children are preparing to receive gifts, But one local 10-year-old composer is sharing his gift of a love for music.

Adam Elfadl began to read write and play piano when he was just four years old.

“Music is for everyone and it doesn’t matter who it is and it’s a language that everyone can speak,” he said.

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