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42 Today

Jackie Robinson and His Legacy (Washington Mews Books)

by Michael G. Long, et al

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42 Today by Michael G. Long, et al
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2021
    256 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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42 Today explores Jackie Robinson's compelling and complicated legacy.

Before the United States Supreme Court ruled against segregation in public schools, and before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama, Jackie Robinson walked onto the diamond on April 15, 1947, as first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers, making history as the first African American to integrate Major League Baseball in the twentieth century. Today a national icon, Robinson was a complicated man who navigated an even more complicated world that both celebrated and despised him.

Many are familiar with Robinson as a baseball hero. Few, however, know of the inner turmoil that came with his historic status. Featuring piercing essays from a range of distinguished sportswriters, cultural critics, and scholars, this book explores Robinson's perspectives and legacies on civil rights, sports, faith, youth, and nonviolence, while providing rare glimpses into the struggles and strength of one of the nation's most athletically gifted and politically significant citizens. Featuring a foreword by celebrated directors and producers Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon, this volume recasts Jackie Robinson's legacy and establishes how he set a precedent for future civil rights activism, from Black Lives Matter to Colin Kaepernick.

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"These pieces embody all of what made Robinson special, assessing him through many different lenses...A successful attempt to give a towering cultural figure his due beyond the baselines." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Biographer Long, along with 13 contributors, explore lesser-known aspects of the life of Jackie Robinson...Even those who know nothing about Robinson will take something inspiring away from this excellent anthology." - Publishers Weekly

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Michael G. Long is the author and editor of four books on Jackie Robinson―First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson; Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball; and Jackie Robinson: A Spiritual Biography. He is Associate Professor in the Center of Global Understanding and Peacemaking at Elizabethtown College.

Ken Burns is an award-winning filmmaker and director of Jackie Robinson, in association with Major League Baseball.

Sarah Burns is the co-producer of the film Jackie Robinson, in association with Major League Baseball. Burns also wrote the text for the documentary.

David McMahon is the co-producer of the film Jackie Robinson, in association with Major League Baseball. McMahon also wrote the text for the documentary.

Kevin Merida is a senior vice president at ESPN and editor in chief of The Undefeated. He was formerly the managing editor of the Washington Post. Merida is coauthor of Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas and editor of Being a Black Man: At the Corner of Progress and Peril.

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