WCNY to feature ‘Jackie Robinson’ by Ken Burns April 11, 12 on WCNY, local event to celebrate life of Robinson April 11

‘Jackie Robinson’ a new two-part, four-hour documentary directed by Ken Burns will premier at 9 p.m. on April 11 and 12 on WCNY. The film tells the story of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who rose from humble origins to break baseball’s color barrier and waged a fierce lifelong battle for first-class citizenship for all African Americans that transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements.

The documentary is also a warm portrait of a loving and devoted husband and father, featuring extensive interviews with Robinson’s widow, Rachel, and their surviving children, Sharon and David, who witnessed firsthand how resistant society could be to equality for African Americans, even their enormously popular father.

Jackie Robinson features interviews with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama; former Dodgers teammates Don Newcombe, Carl Erskine and Ralph Branca; writers Howard Bryant and Gerald Early; Harry Belafonte; Tom Brokaw; and Carly Simon. Jamie Foxx is the voice of Jackie Robinson, reading excerpts from his newspaper columns, personal letters and autobiographies.

In collaboration with the premiere of the new documentary:

Jackie Robinson Tribute Day (Please note new date) April 11 at 6:35 p.m.
NBT Bank Stadium
1 Tex Simone Dr.

Syracuse, NY 13208
Get your tickets online at and enter WCNY as the promo code area to receive $2 off each ticket purchased! Sponsored by WCNY.

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