Thursday, April 17, 2008

Jackie Robinson Night

On April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball's long-standing color barrier when he played his first game as a Brooklyn Dodger.  To commemorate the 61st anniversary of this historic event, The George Washington University Jackie Robinson Society will celebrate Jackie Robinson Night on April 17, 2008.
 
The evening will feature the presentation of Jackie Robinson Society Community Recognition Awards to Bobby Mitchell (the first African-American to play for the Washington Redskins" and JC Hayward (Washington, DC's first female news anchor) for displaying the courage, commitment, and perseverence associated with Jackie Robinson's life and legacy and for their substantial impact on the Washington, EC community.  The keynote address will be provided by Professor Michael Long, author of the recently published and highly acclaimed "First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson."
 
The program starts at 5:30 pm and there will be reception afterwards at 7:00 pm.  The event is being held on the GWU campus at:
 
Media and Public Affairs Building
Jack Morton Auditorium
 
805 21st Street, NW
First Floor
Washington, DC 20052