Jackie Robinson: The Personal and Political

When: Tuesday, May 14, 6:30pm
Price: $15 & up | $10 for Museum Members
Frank Bauman for Look magazine, Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers, 1949. Museum of the City of New York. X2011.4.11814.80

On his first day on the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, Jackie Robinson changed history, paving the way not only for the desegregation of the sport but also the launch of the modern civil rights era. Join Robinson's daughter Sharon Robinson, Vice Chair of the Jackie Robinson Foundation; historian Jonathan Eig, author of Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season; and journalist Budd Mishkin for a conversation about diversity in the dugout and Robinson’s legendary career, life, and legacy.

Co-presented with The Jackie Robinson Foundation, this talk accompanies our upcoming exhibition, In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait of a Baseball Legend. 

About the Speakers:
Jonathan Eig is a former senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including two highly acclaimed bestsellers, Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season and Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig. Eig has also written for The New York TimesThe New Yorker, and The Washington Post, among others. He has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and in two Ken Burns documentaries: Prohibition and Jackie Robinson

Sharon Robinson is the educational consultant for Major League Baseball and Vice Chair of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. She manages Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life, a baseball-themed national character education curriculum that helps empower students to face obstacles in their lives. Robinson is also the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction for children. She has written several widely praised books about her father, baseball legend Jackie Robinson. In January 2016, her latest novel, The Hero Two Doors Down: The Unlikely Friendship between a Brooklyn Boy and a Baseball Legend (Scholastic), was published. Prior to joining MLB, Robinson had a 20-year career as a nurse-midwife and educator. She has taught in such prestigious universities as Yale, Columbia, Howard, and Georgetown.

Budd Mishkin (moderator) hosted the long-running show "One on 1 with Budd Mishkin" on the television network NY1 (2003 to 2017) where he profiled over 300 influential New Yorkers with significant personal and professional ties to the city including Anthony Bourdain, Gloria Steinem, and Yoko Ono. He has also served as a sports anchor/reporter for NY1’s nightly program “Sports on 1, The Last Word,” covering some of the biggest events in recent New York sports history. 

$20 for Adults | $15 for Students, Seniors, and Educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum Members
Includes Museum admission. Note: All galleries close at 6:00 pm.

Members: To receive your discount, click on the "Buy Tickets" button above, then sign in to your account on the ticketing page.

Groups of 10 or more get discounts; contact us at programs@mcny.org or 917.492.3395.

Accessibility: Assistive listening devices are available and our auditorium wheelchair lift can accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs (max. capacity 500 lbs). Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or info@mcny.org with any questions.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Made possible in part by Jim Hanley & Taconic Builders.

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