History

JACKIE ROBINSON

Jack Roosevelt Robinson rose from humble origins to cross baseball's color line and become one of the most beloved men in America. A fierce integrationist, Robinson used his immense fame to speak out against the discrimination he saw on and off the field, angering fans, the press, and even teammates who had once celebrated him for turning the other cheek.

The Anderson Monarchs

4m 15s

The Anderson Monarchs are the Little League team from South Philadelphia named after the Kansas City Monarchs, which was the legendary Negro League team for which Jackie Robinson played before breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947.

Episodes

  • Jackie Robinson: Part II: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Jackie Robinson: Part II

    S1 E2 - 1h 54m

    Part II. Jack Roosevelt Robinson rose from humble origins to cross baseball’s color line and become one of the most beloved men in America. A fierce integrationist, Robinson used his immense fame to speak out against the discrimination he saw on and off the field, angering fans, the press, and even teammates who had once celebrated him for “turning the other cheek.”

  • Jackie Robinson: Part I: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Jackie Robinson: Part I

    S1 E1 - 1h 53m

    Part I. Jack Roosevelt Robinson rose from humble origins to cross baseball’s color line and become one of the most beloved men in America. A fierce integrationist, Robinson used his immense fame to speak out against the discrimination he saw on and off the field, angering fans, the press, and even teammates who had once celebrated him for “turning the other cheek.”

Extras + Features

  • Jackie Robinson and Malcolm X: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Jackie Robinson and Malcolm X

    S1 - 3m 25s

    Rachel Robinson discusses Jackie's stance against violence and the rhetoric surrounding it, and his perspective on Malcolm X. Jackie denounced Malcolm X as "a man without a plan" and accused him of being "militant on Harlem street corners, where militancy is not dangerous." This clip pairs with the "Integration or Separation?" educational unit in the classroom section of PBS.org/JackieRobinson

  • Jackie Robinson Fades: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Jackie Robinson Fades

    S1 - 2m 42s

    Learn how the public perception of Jackie Robinson, militancy, black masculinity, and the Civil Rights Movement transformed between the 1950s-1960s. This clip pairs with the "Integration or Separation?" educational unit in the classroom section of PBS.org/JackieRobinson

  • Honeymoon: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Honeymoon

    S1 - 2m 41s

    Rachel Robinson recalls her wedding to Jackie in 1946, the couple's trip to Spring Training in lieu of a honeymoon, and the discrimination and segregation they faced along the journey.

  • Social Justice: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Social Justice

    S1 - 4m 19s

    The Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlaws racial segregation in schools, but it does not mean total change at once. The reaction in the South is immediate and angry. As the push for social justice accelerated across the country, Robinson tried to do his part, but old customs remained entrenched both in the North and South.

  • Clip: Episode 1 | Intro: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Clip: Episode 1 | Intro

    S1 - 5m 28s

    Intro Clip from JACKIE ROBINSON, a film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon examining the life and times of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who lifted an entire race, and nation, on his shoulders when he crossed baseball’s color line in 1947.

  • March on Washington: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    March on Washington

    S1 - 2m 19s

    Witness the deep impact the March on Washington had both on the nation and on Jackie Robinson and his family, who traveled to attend.

  • First Look: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    First Look

    S1 - 44s

    JACKIE ROBINSON, a film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon, examines the life and times of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who lifted an entire race, and nation, on his shoulders when he crossed baseball’s color line in 1947. Check local listings for rebroadcast information.

  • Jackie Speaks Out: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Jackie Speaks Out

    S1 - 2m 31s

    See the moment Jackie Robinson began challenging other ballplayers and umpires. Reporters began to come to Jackie directly, as he spoke out more, and played a season better than ever before.

  • 1944 Court-Martial: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    1944 Court-Martial

    S1 - 3m 42s

    In 1944, Jackie Robinson refused to move to the back of a military bus, when told to by a civilian driver. Jackie was arrested, charged with insubordination, and court-martialed. During the proceedings, he was prohibited from being deployed.

  • The Negro Leagues: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Negro Leagues

    S1 - 1m 6s

    Learn how Jackie Robinson entered the Negro Leagues, playing for the Kansas City Monarchs. In this clip, Buck O’Neil recounts when the team bus stopped at a filling station in Oklahoma, and the station attendant stated that the restroom was "for whites only.” Robinson told the attendant “No restroom, no gas.” Fearing the loss of a large sale of gasoline, the attendant agreed to let them use it.

  • Official Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Official Trailer

    S1 - 30s

    Hear 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.

Schedule

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