Jackie Robinson: A Ken Burns Film
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From humble origins, Jack Roosevelt Robinson became on of the most influential leaders in sports and American history. Famously known as the first African American to break racial barriers in Major League Basebal, Jackie Robinson started for the Dodgers on April 15, 1947. Throughout his baseball career he was known for his powerful swings, fast feet and continuous fight for civil rights.
Jackie Robinson "was a sit-inner before sit-ins, a freedom rider before freedom rides.”
-Martin Luther King
After baseball, he continued to challenge racial segregation and became a widely-read newspaper columnist. Since 2004, April 15th was noted by the MLB as "Jackie Robinson Day." To this day, his legacy in baseball and as a civil rights leader continues to inspire Americans all over the country.
The two part four, four-hour film directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David MacMahon airs Monday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 12 at 9 p.m on KTNW.