Examine the life and times of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who in 1947 lifted a nation and an entire race on his shoulders when he crossed baseball’s color line. The two-part, four-hour film is directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon and tells the story of an American icon whose life-long battle for first class citizenship for all African-Americans transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements. Ken Burns reveals fascinating stories about the legend’s life on and off the field.
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Ken Burns & Henry Louis Gates Jr. In Conversation With Michel Martin
Live from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), join PBS for a conversation with documentarian Ken Burns and scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. together with NPR’s Michel Martin to discuss race – the prevailing political fault line in the US – its significance in their understanding of America, its importance in their work and how, as a nation, we deal with it today.
The evening is part of a multi-city tour that began recently in Charleston and is complemented with clips from "Jackie Robinson," Burns’s forthcoming film about the impact and legacy of the first black major league baseball player, and "Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise," Gates’s chronicle of the civil rights movement culminating in the election of President Obama.
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JACKIE ROBINSON is sponsored by Bank of American and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Funding for JACKIE ROBINSON is provided by Bank of America; Public Broadcasting Service; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; Mr. Jack C. Taylor; and members of The Better Angels Society, including Dalio Foundation, Jessica & John Fullerton and John & Catherine Debs.
JACKIE ROBINSON is a co-production of Florentine Films and WETA.