The Jackie Robinson Museum kicked off 2024 with several great programs for audiences of all ages and interests.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Museum held special guided tours, games, art activities, and a music workshop to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King and to showcase the friendship and collaboration between him and Jackie Robinson in their shared fight against inequality.
The first stop for most visitors was our fan favorite trivia wheel in the lobby, which encouraged guests to test their Jackie Robinson knowledge and featured a special category about his partnership with Dr. King. Children and adults alike eagerly played for a chance to win a prize and many even returned on their way out!
Guided tours led by curatorial assistant Sidney Carlson-White highlighted key moments in Robinson and King’s relationship during the Civil Rights Movement, including the high stakes presidential election of 1960 and the Birmingham campaign of 1963.
The Education Center was also bustling with energy as educator Lavita Burr hosted a Music of the Civil Rights Movement workshop. Children created musical instruments, then played them along with freedom songs of the 1960s and jazz performances that were a part of, and inspired by, the movement. The workshop took special inspiration from the Robinson family, including their legendary An Afternoon of Jazz concerts that helped raise money for civil rights organizations like Dr. King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).
Leveling the Playing Field: Women in Baseball
On January 26, the Museum launched the Leveling the Playing Field series with a panel discussion on Women in Baseball. An all-star lineup of women, who have been breaking barriers and making a difference in their respective professions, came to together to share their stories and converse on the state of baseball today.
Shakeia Taylor, Deputy Senior Content Editor at the Chicago Tribune and baseball historian, moderated an inspirational panel full of candor and wisdom shared by A.J. Andrews, Pro Softball Player & MLB Network Host; Amber Sabathia, CAA Baseball Agent and Co-Founder & Executive Director of the PitCCh In Foundation; Mo’ne Davis, Aspiring Women’s Sports Owner, former Little League World Series pitcher; and Wendy Lewis, former Senior VP, Diversity and Strategic Alliances, Major League Baseball.
The Leveling the Playing Field series will continue to bring together women of color to discuss critical issues on and off the field, with each session focusing on a different sport and its social impact through an intersectional lens of race and gender. Next up: soccer!
Parent Coordinator Experience
We ended January by collaborating with the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) to welcome twenty-five Parent Coordinators from several school districts to tour the Museum and learn more about our programming and special events.
Overall, the year is starting off great as we continue to share the legacy of Jackie Robinson with new audiences through our programming. Check out Programs and Events to find out what’s up next!
The Jackie Robinson Museum welcomed visitors of all ages and some very special guests during November public programs, which kicked off with Fall Fun Community Day. Taking place just days after the Texas Rangers won the World Series, Fall Fun Day paid tribute to Jackie Robinson’s all-star baseball career. Visitors enjoyed museum tours highlighting Robinson’s path to the Dodgers, a showcase of artifacts including trading cards and World Series programs and craft activities exploring Robinson’s legacy. The highlights of the day were undoubtedly its special guests. Sonya Pankey Robinson, the eldest grandchild of Jackie and Rachel Robinson, delighted visitors – children and adults alike – with a reading of Testing the Ice by her aunt, Sharon Robinson.
Ms. Pankey Robinson was also joined by none other than her grandmother, Mrs. Rachel Robinson, who greeted visitors at the event.
The following week, the Museum had the pleasure of hosting a screening of award-nominated documentary, It Ain’t Over, about the legacy of baseball legend Yogi Berra. Arriving guests had the opportunity to tour the Museum and even got a sneak peek at a few object highlights from the collection. Following the screening, Howard Bryant (author and senior writer, ESPN) joined Lindsay Berra (granddaughter of Yogi Berra, sports journalist, and film producer) and Sean Mullin (director of It Ain’t Over) to discuss the intersecting careers and legacies of Robinson and Berra—from wartime service experiences during World War II to their enduring resonance as pop culture icons whose legacies transcend sports.
On Robinson and Berra’s famous collision at home plate in Game One of the 1955 World Series, the panelists looked beyond the question of “safe or out?” Bryant reflected:
“In baseball, we talk about numbers, numbers, numbers. But moments are what we remember in the sport. To have the greatest catcher against the greatest base stealer in the World Series… to have that moment endure the way that it does. I love that touch.”
Berra added that despite their famous dispute that day, her grandfather had tremendous respect for Robinson as a player.
“Speed pushes people…out of your comfort zone…it forces everyone to be a little bit miserable. And Jackie was so good at that.”
Sharpen your pencils! It’s a new school year and the Museum’s Education Team is thrilled to share a number of new resources for educators, students, and families.
We hope your first stop will be to book a visit to the Museum! Our signature field trip Jackie’s Legacy, Your Leadership (Grades 2-12) invites students to explore Jackie Robinson’s core leadership traits and how he used them at key moments in his life, on and off the field. New for this school year is Jackie Robinson Explorers (Grades 1-6), which helps students hone their inquiry and observation skills as they piece together Robinson’s actions as an athlete, activist, family man and more. If you already have plans or don’t see your date on the calendar, book a self-guided visit instead.
Now booking for the fall with additional spots opening on a rolling basis.
NEW TIMELINE AND LEARNING GUIDE
Field trips are just the beginning! We have also revamped our popular Timeline and Learning Guide Booklet to showcase one-of-a-kind artifacts from the Museum, embedded discussion questions to prompt critical thinking, and the same rich depth of content on Jackie Robinson’s life and legacy. We think you’re going to love it. View it online or complete this form to request a set for your classroom.
Along with the print booklets, we have launched new resources on our website for educators, students and families. Classroom materials including videos, games, and more have a new home on the Educator Resources page, perfect for prep before your Museum visit or to complement your in-class instruction. Students and families, start your exploration (or that Jackie Robinson research project) with the Student FAQs and video content on the Student and Family Resources page.
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