Jack Roosevelt Robinson rose from humble origins to cross baseballs color line and become one of the most beloved men in America. A fierce integrationist, Robinson used his immense fame to speak out against the discrimination he saw on and off the field, angering fans, the press, and even teammates who had once celebrated him for turning the other cheek. After baseball, he was a widely-read new
The Anderson Monarchs are the Little League team from South Philadelphia named after the Kansas City Monarchs, which was the legendary Negro League team for which Jackie Robinson played before breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947.
Intro Clip from JACKIE ROBINSON, a film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon examining the life and times of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who lifted an entire race, and nation, on his shoulders when he crossed baseball’s color line in 1947.
In this clip from JACKIE ROBINSON, Alton Waldon of Brooklyn shares a childhood memory of when he and his school friends met Jackie Robinson, who treated the children to ice cream that day, and whom they revered as “a real hero who looked like” them. #JackieRobinsonPBS
Rachel Robinson recalls her wedding to Jackie in 1946, the couple’s trip to Spring Training in lieu of a honeymoon, and the discrimination and segregation they faced along the journey.
In this clip from JACKIE ROBINSON, the facts of the story behind the Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese Monument are examined.
Learn how the early days of Jackie Robinson’s life shaped his outlook and character. This clip pairs with the “Living In Jim Crow America” educational unit in the classroom section of PBS.org/JackieRobinson
Learn how the public perception of Jackie Robinson, militancy, black masculinity, and the Civil Rights Movement transformed between the 1950s-1960s. This clip pairs with the “Integration or Separation?” educational unit in the classroom section of PBS.org/JackieRobinson
Rachel Robinson discusses Jackie’s stance against violence and the rhetoric surrounding it, and his perspective on Malcolm X. Jackie denounced Malcolm X as “a man without a plan” and accused him of being “militant on Harlem street corners, where militancy is not dangerous.” This clip pairs with the “Integration or Separation?” educational unit in the classroom section of PBS.org/JackieRobinson
The Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlaws racial segregation in schools, but it does not mean total change at once. The reaction in the South is immediate and angry. As the push for social justice accelerated across the country, Robinson tried to do his part, but old customs remained entrenched both in the North and South.
See the moment Jackie Robinson began challenging other ballplayers and umpires. Reporters began to come to Jackie directly, as he spoke out more, and played a season better than ever before.
Witness the deep impact the March on Washington had both on the nation and on Jackie Robinson and his family, who traveled to attend.
Learn how Jackie Robinson entered the Negro Leagues, playing for the Kansas City Monarchs. In this clip, Buck O’Neil recounts when the team bus stopped at a filling station in Oklahoma, and the station attendant stated that the restroom was “for whites only.” Robinson told the attendant “No restroom, no gas.” Fearing the loss of a large sale of gasoline, the attendant agreed to let them use it.
April 15, 1947, opening day at Ebbets Field: playing first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers was number 42, Jackie Robinson. The Dodgers won, and the black press declared Jackie’s arrival as a landmark event. The white press did not acknowledge Robinson’s entry into the Majors. This clip pairs with the “Taking the Measure of the Man” educational unit in the classroom section of PBS.org/JackieRobinson
Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon talk about how Jackie Robinson was the original civil rights pioneer, and why his actions and beliefs resonate to this day.
JACKIE ROBINSON, a film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon, examines the life and times of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who lifted an entire race, and nation, on his shoulders when he crossed baseball’s color line in 1947. Check local listings for rebroadcast information.
Hear the story of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who rose from humble origins to break baseball’s color barrier and waged a fierce lifelong battle for first-class citizenship for all African Americans that transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements.