History Revealed: Call Him Jack
Call Him Jack: The Story of Jackie Robinson, Black Freedom Fighter
A Conversation with Authors Yohuru Williams and Michael Long
History Revealed Series
Program Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023, 7:00 pm
Video on YouTube
In partnership with the East Side Freedom Library & Roseville Library
According to Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackie Robinson was “a sit-inner before the sit-ins, a freedom rider before the Freedom Rides.” According to Hank Aaron, Robinson was a leader of the Black Power movement before there was a Black Power movement. According to his wife, Rachel Robinson, he was always Jack, not Jackie―the diminutive form of his name bestowed on him in college by white sports writers. And throughout his whole life, Jack Robinson was a fighter for justice, an advocate for equality, and an inspiration beyond just baseball.
Prominent Robinson scholars Yohuru Williams and Michael G. Long shared the real person behind the legend. Their discussion reanimates this famed figure’s legacy for new generations, widening our focus from the sportsman to the man as a whole, and deepening our appreciation for his achievements on the playing field in the process.
Past History Revealed Programs
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