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Jackie Robinson Educational Posters, Books, Video, Links for Learning

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Comprehensive selection of educational posters celebrating the life and times of baseball great and civil rights activist Jackie Robinson chosen especially for the social studies classrooms and home schoolers.

Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in a modern-day Major League Baseball game on April 11, 1947.

Celebrate Black History

Jackie Robinson Stealing Home, May 18, 1952 Art Print
Jackie Robinson
Stealing Home,
May 18, 1952
Art Print

Jackie Robinson

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Out of the Park, 1956- Art Print

Out of the Park, 1956- Art Print

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Jackie Robinson, Think Different poster

Jackie Robinson,
Think Different Poster

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Jackie Robinson Serigraph

Jackie Robinson Serigraph

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History of Baseball poster
Jackie Robinson Biography Poster

“Life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

History of Baseball poster
History of Baseball Poster

History of Baseball
in the Major Leagues

Jackie Robinson Leaving Ebbets Field, 1947, Art Print
Jackie Robinson Leaving
Ebbets Field, 1947,
Art Print

Ebbets Field was the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, the team that brought Jackie Robinson into the major leagues in 1947.

Civil Rights 1920 - 1954 poster
Civil Rights 1920 - 1954 poster

Civil Rights 1920 - 1954 Poster

For Blacks, the "Great Migration" North began during World War I and picked up steam in the 1920s. In the North, however, a great many blacks met with continued disappointment and despair. In the northern cities, a growing number of blacks had to compete with whites for jobs. Discrimination, it turned out, was a much a part of ilife in the North as it was in the South. Blacks spoke of being the "last hired and first fired." Yet for some, the move to the North was liberating. An incredible flowering of literary and musical achievement known as the Harlem Renaissance took place in New York City's famous black distict. African American leaders emerged, pushing for integration, as the NAACP did, or expressing a new spirit of separation, as in Marcus Garvey's "Back to Africa' movement. But conditions for most blacks, North and South, worsened during the Great Depression. It wasn't until World War II that a new sense of opportunity set in. Almost one million blacks served in the armed forces in the war – many with distinction. Hence black leaders voiced disgust at the diescrimination returning black veterans continued to face. Organization such as the NAACP and CORE, bolstered by growing support from both black and whites, mounted ever stronger battles in the courts against discrimination, and several marches and sit-ins foreshadowed the events to come as the civil rights movement began to come of age.

Individuals on poster - Marian Anderson, Mary McLeod Bethune, Marcus Garvey, Thurgood Marshall, A. Philip Randolph, Jackie Robinson, Tuskeegee Airmen, Ralph Bunche.

Civil Rights posters

motivational sports posters

“A life is not important, except in the impact it has on other lives.”
Jackie Robinson
b. 1-31-1919; Georgia
d. 10-24-1972; Stamford, CT


I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography (Dark Tower Series) by Jackie Robinson - recalls Robinson’s early years and influences: his time at UCLA where he became the school’s first four-letter athlete, his army stint during WWII, when he challenged Jim Crow laws and narrowly escaped court martial; his years of frustration, on and off the field, with the Negro Leagues; and finally that fateful day when Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers proposed what became known as the ‘Noble Experiement’- Robinson would step up to bat to integrate and revolutionize baseball.

Baseball’s Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy by Jules Tygiel - In 1997 the American people celebrated with great fanfare and publicity the fiftieth anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s explosive entrance into major league baseball. Robinson has become a national icon, his name a virtual synonym for pathbreaker. Indeed, much has transpired between this young African-American’s first bold strides around the baseball diamonds of a segregated America and General Manager Bob Watson’s pride in assembling 1996 World Champion New York Yankees. Recognizing this monumental event in America’s continuing struggle for integration, Jules Tygiel has expanded his highly acclaimed Baseball’s Great Experiment. In a new afterword, he addresses the mythology surrounding Robinson’s achievements, his overall effect on baseball and other sports, and the enduring legacy Robinson has left for African Americans and American society.

In this gripping account of one of the most important steps in the history of American desegregation, Tygiel tells the story of Jackie Robinson’s crossing of baseball’s color line. Examining the social and historical context of Robinson's introduction into white organized baseball, both on and off the field, Tygiel also tells the often neglected stories of other African-American players--such as Satchel Paige, Roy Campanella, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron--who helped transform our national pastime into an integrated game. Drawing on dozens of interviews with players and front office executives, contemporary newspaper accounts, and personal papers, Tygiel provides the most telling and insightful account of Jackie Robinson's influence on American baseball and society.

Jackie Robinson Breaks the Color Line (Cornerstones of Freedom) by Andrew Santella - a concise, fluid account of Jackie Robinson’s outstanding, self-sacrificing leadership in breaking down the barriers of segregation on and - perhaps even more important - off the baseball diamond during the middle of the twentieth century. The content and format will appeal to reluctant readers. Black-and-white archival photographs illustrate the book. Ages 9 - 12.

The Story of Jackie Robinson: Bravest Man in Baseball by Margaret Davidson - Today many children dream of playing professional baseball. Perhaps you are one of them. If you have good athletic skills and you work hard, your dream may be realized. But this wasn’t always true for athletes in the first part of this century. More was required. A player had to be white. Black players - no matter how well they could hit, catch, or throw - were not signed up by the major leagues.

One brave black player named Jackie Robinson worked to change the ?rules,? so that all races could have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams on the baseball diamond - or anywhere. This is Jackie Robinson’s story. Ages 9-12.

Jackie Robinson: Breaking Barriers (1997) VHS -

The Court Martial of Jackie Robinson (1990) VHS -

The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) VHS

Africans in America: America’s Journey Through Slavery (1998 VHS) - groundbreaking six hour series of surprising revelations, dramatic recreations, rare archival photography and riveting first-person accounts. Africans in America helps define the reality of slavery’s past through the insightful commentary of a wide range of voices, including General Colin Powell and leading scholars, and offers unparalleled understanding - from slavery’s birth in the early 1600s through the violent onset of civil war in 1860. Narrated by Angela Bassett; includes the voices of William Hurt and Andre Braugher. Winner 1998 Peabody Award.


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