Mahlon Duckett says his favorite memory of playing in the Negro Leagues came as an 18-​​year-​​old in 1941, when the sure-​​handed infielder clubbed a game-​​winning home run off Hall of Famer Satchel Paige at Yankee Stadium.

I could never forget that,” said Duckett, who played for the Philadel­phia Stars and Home­stead Grays from 1940 to 1950.

Duckett, former Negro Leagues team­mate Stanley “Doc” Glenn, and Red Sox Hall of Famer Luis Tiant addressed more than 100 mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity on Wednesday, as part of a series of edu­ca­tional events and pro­grams con­nected to the University’s ongoing art exhibit on the Negro Leagues.

The event enhanced the under­standing of social issues and aware­ness of the con­tri­bu­tions of Negro Leagues base­ball players, said Donnie Perkins, dean and director of the Office of Insti­tu­tional Diver­sity and Equity, which worked to bring the exhibit to Northeastern.

The exhibition—Shades of Great­ness: The Art of Negro Leagues Baseball—includes 35 paint­ings, pho­tographs, etch­ings, three-​​dimensional instal­la­tions and signs cre­ated by local and national artists, and is on dis­play through July 23 at Gallery 360.

Duckett knew he was good enough to play in the big show after he hit two dou­bles off a major league pitcher in the 1940 All-​​Star Game.

It didn’t take long to figure out how good players in the Negro Leagues were,” he said. “But we never got the recog­ni­tion we deserved.”

For his part, Glenn only had one wish—to lace up his cleats and take the field. “I didn’t care who I was playing,” he said. “ I just wanted to play.”

Noting his “long, hard journey” to achieve suc­cess in the major leagues, Tiant called upon mem­bers of the audi­ence to “treat people the way you want to be treated and find a way to live together.”

He praised 10-​​year-​​old twins Max and Lucas Kerman, of Brookline’s Driscoll School, for turning a school project on stereo­types into an in-​​depth explo­ration of the Negro Leagues.

Over the last sev­eral months, the brothers wrote to more than 100 former Negro League players, many of who returned auto­graphs and per­son­al­ized mes­sages of sup­port and advice on the impor­tance of education.

We learned what it took to break the racial bar­rier,” said Lucas. “It took heart—a lot of heart.”

His brother summed up the theme of the after­noon by quoting from a letter he received from a former Negro Leagues player. “Without mem­o­ries of the past, there can be no dreams of great­ness in the future.”