Jackie Robinson


  • Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson | Clip | Honeymoon

    Rachel Robinson recalls her wedding to Jackie in 1946, the couple's trip to Spring Training in lieu of a honeymoon, and the discrimination and segregation they faced along the journey.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson | Clip | Ice Cream

    In this clip from Jackie Robinson, Alton Waldon of Brooklyn shares a childhood memory of when he and his school friends met Jackie Robinson, who treated the children to ice cream that day, and whom they revered as "a real hero who looked like" them.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson | Clip | The Negro Leagues

    Learn how Jackie Robinson entered the Negro Leagues, playing for the Kansas City Monarchs. In this clip, Buck O’Neil recounts when the team bus stopped at a filling station in Oklahoma, and the station attendant stated that the restroom was "for whites only.” Robinson told the attendant “No restroom, no gas.” Fearing the loss of a large sale of gasoline, the attendant agreed to let them use it.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson | Clip | 1944 Court-Martial

    In 1944, Jackie Robinson refused to move to the back of a military bus, when told to by a civilian driver. Jackie was arrested, charged with insubordination, and court-martialed. During the proceedings, he was prohibited from being deployed.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson | Clip | Reese and Robinson Myth

    In this clip from Jackie Robinson, the facts of the story behind the Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese Monument are examined.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson | Clip | Jackie Enters the Majors

    April 15, 1947, opening day at Ebbets Field: playing first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers was number 42, Jackie Robinson. The Dodgers won, and the black press declared Jackie’s arrival as a landmark event. The white press did not acknowledge Robinson's entry into the Majors.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson | Clip | Jackie Robinson Fades

    Learn how the public perception of Jackie Robinson, militancy, black masculinity, and the Civil Rights Movement transformed between the 1950s-1960s.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson | Clip | Jackie Robinson and Malcolm X

    Rachel Robinson discusses Jackie's stance against violence and the rhetoric surrounding it, and his perspective on Malcolm X. Jackie denounced Malcolm X as "a man without a plan" and accused him of being "militant on Harlem street corners, where militancy is not dangerous."

    Grades: 6-12
  • Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson | Clip | Pasadena

    Learn how the early days of Jackie Robinson's life shaped his outlook and character.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson | Clip | Social Justice

    The Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlaws racial segregation in schools, but it does not mean total change at once. The reaction in the South is immediate and angry. As the push for social justice accelerated across the country, Robinson tried to do his part, but old customs remained entrenched both in the North and South.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson | Clip | Jackie Speaks Out

    See the moment Jackie Robinson began challenging other ballplayers and umpires. Reporters began to come to Jackie directly, as he spoke out more, and played a season better than ever before.

    Grades: 6-12

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