The South Pasadena Library is celebrating Jackie Robinson’s 100th birthday with a screening of “The Jackie Robinson Story,” a 1950 biopic starring the baseball star himself on Jan. 31.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and no tickets are necessary. Refreshments will be served to attendees for free, and a few “special surprises are planned as well.” Introductions to the film will be made by Mark Langill, Official Historian of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Alex Boekelheide, Executive Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing for Pasadena City College.
Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia on January 31, 1919 and his family moved to Pasadena in 1920. He attended Pasadena City College before a successful athletic career at UCLA and in the Negro Leagues, Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947 by playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played for ten years before retiring to champion civil rights off the sports field.
The screening will be one of many Black History Month celebrations coming next month.