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JACKIE ROBINSON: BARRIER BREAKER

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play Major League Baseball in the modern era and achieved Hall of Fame status. He later became the first African American to hold an officer-level position at a major corporation, served as an advisor to top politicians, actively promoted economic empowerment by co-founding a bank and a housing development company, and of course was a key figure in advancing equal justice and first-class citizenship from the 1950s until his death in 1972. Hailed a “…freedom rider before freedom rides,” Robinson’s name has become synonymous with breaking barriers.

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THE MISSION

To EDUCATE visitors about Jackie Robinson, the athlete, activist, patriot, entrepreneur and family man in historical context.

To INSPIRE those interested in the history of social change and in exploring the prescription for greater progress.

To CHALLENGE people of all ages to practice empathy and pursue a life of achievement and purpose.

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LEGACY LEVEL

  • Anheuser-Busch
  • City of New York
  • Joseph J. Plumeri Foundation
  • Major League Baseball
  • Nike
  • Rachel Robinson
  • Walter Family Foundation
  • Yawkey Foundation

IMPACT LEVEL

  • Arthur Hayes
  • Boeing
  • Citi
  • The Estate of Michael Jackson
  • Hess Corporation
  • The Lewis Family Foundation
  • Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, HUD Community Development Block Grant Funds
  • New York Mets
  • New York Yankees
  • Owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Stephen M. Ross
  • Strada Education Network
  • Tull Family Foundation

LEADERSHIP LEVEL

  • Billye Aaron
  • BMO Financial Group
  • BNY Mellon
  • Draft Kings
  • Gregg Gonsalves
  • Leonard S. Coleman, Jr.
  • Martin L. Edelman
  • Peter O’Malley
  • Sheila C. Johnson Foundation
  • Sobani Warner & Michael Strayhorn
  • Steve Greenberg
  • Unilever
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