Rachel Robinson To Visit Sacramento for Screening of “42″

Jackie-2DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — In conjunction with the California Legislative Black Caucus, State Sen. Roderick D. Wright (D-Inglewood) welcomes Rachel Robinson to the State Capitol for a special screening of “42.”

The film will be shown at 7:00 p.m., at the Crest Theatre, Monday, Sept. 9, at 1013 K Street. Actress Nicole Beharie played Mrs. Robinson in the film that starred Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman.

In 1947, Branch Rickey put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking Major League Baseball’s infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and other players.

Facing blatant racism from every side, even his own team, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting in kind, knowing that any incident could destroy his and Rickey’s hopes.

Instead, No. 42 let his talent on the field do the talking —ultimately winning over fans and his teammates, silencing his critics, and paving the way for others to follow.

For tickets to the screening at the Crest Theatre, call (916) 651-4035.

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By Antonio Harvey
OBSERVER Staff Writer