Jackie Robinson may be an icon in national baseball, but his influence and inspiration also touched the personal lives of black and white Rhode Islanders alike. Moreover, Rhode Island has its own incredible stories about its Negro Minor League Baseball players and integration, and that history pre-dates Jackie Robinson by up to a decade!
Proudly, Rhode Island PBS teases these local stories of influence and inspiration through short interview segments that will air throughout April, leading up to the WSBE premiere of the Ken Burns film, Jackie Robinson on Sunday, April 17 and Monday, April 18, at 8 p.m. each night.
|Dr. Charles Steinberg|
Currently in production, WSBE Rhode Island PBS is making a documentary using these local stories, working under the expertise of Dr. Robert Cvornyek, Rhode Island College professor of history and Negro League Baseball historian and author. Look for the documentary in time for the World Series.
|Branch Rickey, III|
Jackie Robinson, a two-part, four-hour film directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahontells the story of an American icon whose life-long battle for first class citizenship for all African Americans transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements. Join us Sunday and Monday, April 17 and 18, starting at 8 p.m.