Rokeby to show Ken Burns film on Jackie Robinson, Lindholm to lead discussion
FERRISBURGH — The public is invited to a screening of Ken Burns’s documentary “Jackie Robinson” at the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh next week. The event on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. will include a discussion with a noted baseball scholar.
Directed by Ken Burns, the film tells the story of the man who broke the color barrier in baseball when hired by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. An American icon, Robinson’s lifelong battle for first class citizenship for all African Americans transcended even his remarkable athletic achievements. “Jackie Robinson,” Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “was a sit-inner before sit-ins, a freedom rider before freedom rides.”
Karl Lindholm, emeritus professor of American Studies at Middlebury College, will be on hand for discussion following the screening. Professor Lindholm taught a perennially popular course on the “Negro Leagues,” as the African American baseball world was known. The integration of major league baseball had a devastating impact on black baseball.
Vermont Public Television is sponsoring the screening and discussion.
Rokeby Museum, a National Historic Landmark designated for its exceptional underground railroad history, is located on Route 7.
For more information contact [email protected] 877-340