Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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“Jackie Robinson is the most important figure in our nation’s most important game.” - Ken Burns.

Jackie Robinson, a two-part, four-hour documentary directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, airs Mondays, February 20 and February 27 at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV. The film tells 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.

“Jackie Robinson is the most important figure in our nation’s most important game,” said Ken Burns. “He gave us our first lasting progress in civil rights since the Civil War and, ever since I finished my BASEBALL series in 1994, I’ve been eager to make a stand-alone film about the life of this courageous American. There was so much more to say not only about Robinson’s barrier-breaking moment in 1947, but about how his upbringing shaped his intolerance for any form of discrimination and how after his baseball career, he spoke out tirelessly against racial injustice, even after his star had begun to dim.”

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