“Forgotten Hollywood”- Ken Burns and Jackie Robinson…

Posted on April 11, 2016 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   Jack Roosevelt Robinson rose from humble origins to cross baseball’s color line, and became one of the most beloved men in America. Robinson used his immense fame to speak out against the discrimination he saw on and off the field, angering fans, the press, and even former teammates, who had once celebrated him for turning the other cheek. The series will also feature the storied career of Branch Rickey, the baseball executive who brought Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Jackie Robinson

   Before his career with the Dodgers, Jackie Robinson was an acclaimed athlete at Pasadena City College and UCLA. After baseball, he was a widely-read newspaper columnist, a divisive political activist, and a tireless advocate for Civil Rights, who struggled to remain relevant as diabetes crippled his body, and a new generation of leaders set a more militant course for the movement.

 kenburns  Ken Burns shares this remarkable story on most PBS stations. It’s a seldom-shared tale, with plenty of side notes. He declared his upcoming two-part series on the African American baseball legend will also focus on the intersection of race and politics. Burns also notes that the popular image of Robinson as a squeaky clean hero obscures the second baseman’s fierce determination as a player, and a de facto advocate for racial equality.

   The Florentine Films documentary will air in two parts tonight and Tuesday. Black Lives Matter in this production.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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