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From Victim to Victor: Jackie Robinson at 100

Event Date:

January 31 @ 6:00 pm


Challenger Learning Center
200 South Duval St
Tallahassee, FL 32301


Leslie Smith

Program Description:

On the 100th anniversary of his birth in nearby Cairo, Georgia we’ll discuss the impact of Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947 – why it was such a momentous breakthrough, how it laid the groundwork for the subsequent success of the civil rights movement, and what we can still learn from Robinson’s example today. We’re delighted that we’ll be joined by Jackie Robinson’s cousin, Dr. Linda Walden, who lives in southwest Georgia. Dr. Walden spearheaded the effort to have Jackie’s birthplace (just 20 miles north of Tallahassee) placed on the Historic Registry. Also joining our discussion is special guest Fred Flowers, a Tallahassee native and graduate of Lincoln High School, who – as the first black Seminole to put on an FSU uniform – broke FSU’s color barrier soon after integration began. Fred is the athlete commemorated in the statue “Integration,” which was dedicated in 2004. Also joining us is Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Bob Sanchez, whose career began writing sports columns in the Florida Flambeau during the civil rights protests of the 60’s, continued as he taught journalism at FAMU and wrote for The Miami Herald.



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