The professor is assigning everyone a project for African-American culture. Nikki does a tribute to her uncle the baseball player. Stevie and Kim have to go a week without African American inventions.
Nikki finds out a lot about her uncle. She starts a petition to get his name on the school’s baseball scoreboard. Kim and Stevie are barely surviving without AA inventions. They cannot get their hair combed, they have to live in the cold, etc. While Nikki is digging through her uncle’s old stuff, Stevie finds an article with his name on it. It says that he was an ex-con.
Nikki feels ashamed to do her project now. She refuses to show the professor her report. He tells her that he is able to put her uncle’s name on the scoreboard, get a plaque from the Negro League Museum, and has a teammate of her uncle’s to present the plaque.
Nikki needs to stop the the teammate, Billy “Scoots” Washington, from coming to the campus, so she enlists Andell’s help; Andell drops him at another school. When the professor questions Nikki about it, she tells him that “scoots” couldn’t make it. Later, “scoots” does show up after meeting up with the professor. He presents the plaque to Nikki, but Nikki can’t accept it. She tells him that her great-uncle was an ex-con. “scoots” tells her that that was only part of the story; the reason he was put in jail was because he was trying to get some medicine for his sick wife. The shopkeeper wouldn’t give him the medicine because he was black. Nikki’s great uncle was put in jail because he destroyed the store, paid for medicine, and left. Nikki is then able to take the plaque and restore honor in her great-uncle after all.
The episode ends with Nikki and Kim talking about the many Negro baseball players who were denied into major league games because of their color...Read the full recap