Major League Base­ball Hall of Famers like Joe Morgan, Willie Mays and Reggie Jackson might not have plaques in Coop­er­stown were it not for their base­ball ances­tors who played in the Negro Leagues between 1920 and 1960.

Now, mem­bers of the North­eastern and greater Boston com­mu­ni­ties have a chance to dis­cover Negro League stars such as Satchel Paige, Buck O’Neil and James “Cool Papa” Bell, and cel­e­brate Negro League baseball’s place in Amer­ican history.

North­eastern will host an art exhi­bi­tion on the Negro Leagues at Gallery 360 starting today — the 107th anniver­sary of “Cool Papa” Bell’s birth — and run­ning through July 23. The exhibit is on per­ma­nent dis­play in the Negro Leagues Base­ball Museum, in Kansas City, Missouri.

The exhi­bi­tion — Shades of Great­ness: The Art of Negro League Base­ball — includes 35 paint­ings, pho­tographs, etch­ings, three-​​dimensional instal­la­tions and signs cre­ated by local and national artists.

As part of the exhi­bi­tion, North­eastern will col­lab­o­rate with the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Foun­da­tion to enhance the under­standing of social issues and aware­ness of the con­tri­bu­tions of Negro League base­ball players.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion will include a series of edu­ca­tional events and pro­grams aimed at com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tions, public schools in the Stony Brook neigh­bor­hoods of Rox­bury, Mis­sion Hill, the Fenway and the South End, and youth base­ball and soft­ball leagues.

We view this exhibit as an oppor­tu­nity to explore art, his­tory, sport, civil rights and social jus­tice and create a dia­logue around those topics in an edu­ca­tional envi­ron­ment,” said Donnie Perkins, dean and director of the office of insti­tu­tional diver­sity and equity, which worked to bring the exhibit to Northeastern.

Perkins, who noted that the Boston Red Sox were the last Major League Base­ball team to inte­grate, added, “It’s an oppor­tu­nity to explore how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.”

Base­ball is America’s pas­time,” said Perkins. “It’s cen­tral to Boston and to the country. The exhibit is a chance to con­nect with the Boston community.”