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Jackie Robinson

Here's Jackie Robinson's Letter To Orphan Boy Who Wished He 'Was White'

Christopher Lamb | Posted 04.17.2017 | Black Voices
Christopher Lamb

Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers received a letter during the winter of 1954 from a man who volunteered at an orphanage in Fort Wayne, Indiana....

Jackie Robinson Day Is April 15 -- Here's A Story About Robinson You May Not Know

Christopher Lamb | Posted 04.12.2017 | Black Voices
Christopher Lamb

In late January 1938, the Rev. Karl Downs, the new minister of Scott Methodist Church in Pasadena, California, went looking for Jackie Robinson, who h...

August 8, 1976 - Baseball's Zaniest Fashion Faux Pas

Daniel Guss | Posted 08.05.2016 | Sports
Daniel Guss

As the American sport with the longest professional history, much has been written about Major League Baseball oddities such as players with the funni...

Stranger To Stranger With No Stranger: A Conversation With Paul Simon

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.05.2016 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The new Paul Simon album, Stranger To Stranger, arrives today, it continuing the singer-songwriter/icon's musical experimentation and boundary pushing we now expect.

Baseball Still Trails on Diversity

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 04.28.2016 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

Major League Baseball was lily white, for players and management alike, until Jackie Robinson left the Negro Leagues to join the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. How much progress has been made toward the goal of diversity since then? Not enough.

How Politics Played a Major Role in the Signing of Jackie Robinson

The Conversation US | Posted 04.16.2017 | Black Voices
The Conversation US

Beginning in the 1930s, black sportswriters, notably Wendell Smith and Sam Lacy, made baseball part of a larger crusade to confront Jim Crow laws. Their columns galvanized support among their readers, and their interviews with white major leaguers demonstrated that many players had no objections to playing with blacks.

Breaking Barriers By Honoring the Legacy of My Father, Jackie Robinson

Sharon Robinson | Posted 04.15.2017 | Sports
Sharon Robinson

Breaking Barriers is a character education and literacy program that teaches students that we all face barriers in our lives, even Major League players. We help students understand the importance of character and how Jackie Robinson used his core values to overcome his barriers.

A Collector's Passion Brings Freedom Documents to the Foreground

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 04.14.2017 | Sports
Charles Karel Bouley

"They're really more Freedom Documents than contracts," entrepreneur and founder of Collector's Cafe Mykalai Kontilai told me as he eagerly awaited another milestone in the long list of his career.

Ken Burns Explain Why the Real Jackie Robinson Was the Most Important Baseball Player Ever

David Hinckley | Posted 04.11.2017 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

Ken Burns agrees that we can't remember Jackie Robinson enough. He just wants us to remember the real Jackie Robinson.

In Ken Burns' New Documentary, Rachel Robinson Finally Gets Her Due

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.09.2017 | Sports
Peter Dreier

Rachel Robinson has been, in her own right, a pioneer for social justice on several fronts, using her celebrity as a platform to fight for a more equal society. Like Jackie, she has enormous physical courage and moral integrity.

The Evolution of the Sports Biography

Jason Williams | Posted 03.01.2017 | Sports
Jason Williams

Long before their athletic purists were wall to wall in our society, the interest around knowing the origins and the daily routines of our favorite sp...

You've Never Seen These Black History Photos Before

The Huffington Post | Samantha Storey | Posted 02.11.2016 | Black Voices

The New York Times is diving into its photo archive this month in search of "unpublished black history." The archive, known as the Morgue, is a librar...

The Group Power of Athletes at Mizzou

Stanley H. Teitelbaum | Posted 11.11.2016 | Sports
Stanley H. Teitelbaum

The University of Missouri football players who threatened to boycott upcoming games until their concerns about racism on campus were properly addressed are to be applauded.

Jackie Robinson Demonstrated Courage in Brooklyn; He Learned Courage Growing Up in California

Christopher Lamb | Posted 08.27.2016 | Sports
Christopher Lamb

Robinson lived in the East from 1947 until his death in 1972. Robinson found his greatest success in Brooklyn, but he could not have become the man he did if he had not grown up in Southern California.

Happy Birthday, Living Legend Rachel Robinson

Yohuru Williams | Posted 07.20.2016 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

On Friday, the nation celebrated what would have been the 153rd birthday of pioneering Civil Rights advocate and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Sunday, July 19, 2015 marked the 93rd birthday of another significant woman of color, Rachel Robinson.

It's Time for MLB to Do More to Celebrate Roberto Clemente

Nicholas Mojica | Posted 06.17.2015 | Sports
Nicholas Mojica

MLB retired Jackie Robinson's 42 back in 1997 and it was a great move that continues to highlight the importance of a legend, but it's time for MLB to honor another legend: Pittsburgh Pirates great, Roberto Clemente. Like Robinson, Clemente's legacy lives both on and off the field as well.

February Fantasy: I Can Still Hit!

Robert Miraldi | Posted 04.14.2015 | Sports
Robert Miraldi

When spring training camp finally opens, you know you have made it through another year, that your team really has a chance this season, and that life is still good -- as long as baseball games are close at hand.

The Other Mr. Cub I Remember

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.27.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Banks lived on Chicago's South Side. He often commuted to Cubs home games on the L train. He had no choice. Though he was the biggest name and biggest draw the Cubs had, he could not buy a home or rent an apartment in the neighborhood surrounding Wrigley Field.

Sport and Society for Arete: Selig Retires

Richard Crepeau | Posted 03.23.2015 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

It is clear that over his long and rocky tenure as Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig left a massive legacy. The business and sport of major league baseball was impacted for good and for ill by the man who began his professional life selling used cars in Milwaukee. He will end his tenure as Commissioner by becoming the "Six Million Dollar Man."

Sport as Socio-Political Institution

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.03.2015 | Sports
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Perhaps, as time goes by, as more pioneers break racial, sexual, gender, religious, ethnic, language, and other barriers, athletes' very being may one day have diminished political implications, but sport has always been and will forever have political consequences and possibilities.

Cubs' Rizzo Baseball Humanitarian of the Year

Ken Reed | Posted 01.19.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

As Branch Rickey once said, "It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind." Anthony Rizzo is all-in with that sentiment.

Beyond 42: Jackie Robinson and the Quest for Racial Justice

Yohuru Williams | Posted 12.24.2014 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

Ferguson is a little over a three and half-hours drive from Kansas City, where Jackie Robinson began his baseball career; he started in the Negro Leagues as a member of the Kansas City Monarchs. October 24, 2014 marks the 42nd anniversary of Robinson's death -- significant because that is the number that Robinson wore.

Derek Jeter's Endless Farewell Tour

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 11.16.2014 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

The overstatement of Jeter's intangible contributions, efforts to make him into a paragon of integrity and honor when he is essentially a great ballplayer who managed to stay out of trouble and not say anything stupid to the media in 20 years, all make it increasingly difficult to either like Jeter or take his farewell tour seriously.

Jackie Robinson, Meet Jackie Robinson West. America, Meet Hope.

Frank Islam | Posted 11.09.2014 | Chicago
Frank Islam

Now, we are in the month of September, and the glory days of these young boys of summer are slowly slipping away. The question is whether this unexpected moment of hope can be captured, sustained and converted to others.

By Limiting Inclusion, NFL Loses On Diversity

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 11.04.2014 | Sports
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

The NFL should recognize that the degrees of separation between overt bigotry and unconscious biases may be few, and the effects equally harmful. If a team failed to draft Sam based on his sexual orientation, the team discriminated against him and should consider the rightness of its actions.