On Exhibit


Jackie Robinson: Baseball and Civil Rights Pioneer
February 20 – March 17, 2017
Ingram Library / University of West Georgia

The exhibit, Jackie Robinson: Baseball and Civil Rights Pioneer, will be on display at the University of West Georgia’s Ingram Library from February 20 through March 17. The exhibit includes talks by two scholars and a showing of the feature length film “42.” There is no fee for the exhibit or its programs.

Jackie Robinson PhotoJackie Robinson: Baseball and Civil Rights Pioneer
is an exhibit on Robinson’s life, courage, and triumphs. It will accentuate Robinson’s athletic exploits but will also focus on the racism in America during his era and on Robinson’s tireless work during the Civil Rights struggle in the 1940s and later.

On Tuesday, February 7, at 8:00 p.m., UWG’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion, with the support of Housing and Residence Life, will sponsor a showing of “42,” the feature-length film about Robinson, in UWG’s Arbor View Residence Hall (Building B). UWG History professor Dr. Larry Rivers will lead a discussion of the film afterwards.

On Tuesday, February 28, at 11:00 a.m., Dr. Rivers will also speak in the Ingram Library on “Racism in the Era of Jackie Robinson.” He holds a Ph.D. in African American History from Vanderbilt University.

On Tuesday, March 7, at 11:00 a.m. in the Ingram Library, Dr. Arnold Rampersad, author of a critically acclaimed biography of Robinson, will speak on “Jackie Robinson: His Life and Legacy.” Dr. Rampersad, Professor Emeritus of English at Stanford University, taught at Rutgers, Columbia, and Princeton before joining the faculty at Stanford. In addition to Jackie Robinson: A Biography (1997), he has written biographies of Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, and W.E.B. DuBois and has also edited numerous works.
On the days of Dr. Rivers’ and Dr. Rampersad’s talks, special public parking will be provided in the Townsend Center gated lot beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Townsend Center gated lot is accessed from West Georgia Drive (entrance adjacent to McDonalds).

This exhibit is sponsored by the Ingram Library’s Penelope Melson Society in collaboration with UWG’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion. This project is supported by the Carroll EMC Foundation and by Georgia Humanities, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, through funding from the Georgia General Assembly.

Parking on the UWG campus is unrestricted on Saturdays and Sundays (other than handicapped, reserved, yellow curb and red curb spaces). For further information, visit westga.edu/diversity or westga.edu/library or contact Catherine Hendricks at (chendric@westga.edu) or (678) 839-5337 or Doris Kieh (drkieh@westga.edu) at (678) 839-5403.

Photo Credit: National Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Cooperstown, NY