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Director Ken Burns examines the life of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who crosses the color barrier to become the first black man to play Major League Baseball when he takes the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. The documentary follows Robinson's determination to perform and play the game, despite death threats on and off the field. Using his fame and popularity to speak out against injustice and prejudice, Robinson perseveres in the fight against inequality and discrimination. The program also touches on Robinson's life after baseball, including his fight against diabetes.

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aired 17 days ago
Jackie Robinson uses his fame to speak out against injustice; after baseball, Robinson fights inequality and illness.
aired 17 days ago
Jackie Robinson rises from humble origins to become a Major League Baseball player, integrating the sport and playing strong despite death threats on and off the field.

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