Jackie Robinson was a great baseball player, and a great American. This presentation will explore both those aspects of his life. His contributions to his country are coupled with the unparalleled grace and excitement he brought to the baseball diamond. We will explore the contours of the world that made him who he was, and watch how, with Dodgers’ owner Branch Rickey, he conducted the “Great Experiment” that changed forever, in such positive ways, our National Pastime, and our nation as a whole.
Dr. Lawrence Hogan is Emeritus Professor of History at Union County College. He is the author of several books on the history of black baseball most notably The Forgotten History of African American Baseball, and is executive director of the documentary Before You Can Say Jackie Robinson.
This Family presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Fanwood Memorial Library.