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Jackie Robinson: A Baseball Legend, But So Much More

In our classrooms and textbooks, we typically read about Jackie Robinson breaking the color line in Major League Baseball as if that was his only accomplishment. But although he created an opening for athletes of color in all sports, he was a major voice in the Civil Rights movement, refusing to give up his seat on a bus years before Rosa Parks did; served as a leading critic of segregationist policies; was the first Black commentator for pro sports on a major television network; and was a corporate executive in the private sector.

Documentarian Ken Burns ("The Central Park Five," "The Civil War," "Jazz") has put together a four-hour film on the baseball legend entitled simply "Jackie Robinson," which tells the broader story of his life. The presentation airs Monday and Tuesday on PBS. Click play above to view a special clip from the DVD and Blu-Ray, which will be available April 12.

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