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Black Lives, Black History: Jackie Robinson

Guide to research and resources for African American History.

Jackie Robinson (1919-1972)

Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947 when he signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was a staunch support of African-American athletes and a vocal activist for civil rights.


Negro League Baseball

Negro Leagues is a broad title given to the all-Black baseball teams that formed between 1868 (post Civil War) and the late 1940s (post World War II). The Negro Leagues were born from segregation and Jim Crow laws, prohibiting black and white players from playing together. The leagues offered African American players an opportunity to excel in a sport where talent and skill were more important than race. Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers were the first to break the color barrier in 1947, but segregation in the major leagues continued to 1959. 


The following films are available in the Full Sail Library.

42 The Story of Jackie Robinson. Library Call Number: DVD DRAMA FOR

Baseball / produced by Ken Burns. Library Call Number: DVD DOC BAS

Jackie Robinson / directed by Ken Burns. Library Call Number: DVD DOC JAC ROB.