JACKIE ROBINSON, a new two-part, four-hour documentary directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, will air April 11 and 12, 8:00 p.m. on Basin PBS. 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.
On Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m., Basin PBS and Midland College will host a 45-minute community screening of JACKIE ROBINSON, followed by a panel discussion
Basin PBS teams up with Midland College and Midland College Athletics to offer two community engagement opportunities this April centered around the upcoming two-part documentary directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon on JACKIE ROBINSON.
Sunday, April 3, children ages 5-12 are invited to join Basin PBS, Midland College Baseball and Midland Junior Baseball at Christensen Field from 2-5pm for a FREE baseball clinic. Kids will enjoy an afternoon of fun, learning about and playing the game of baseball with the Midland College Athletics. Following the clinic from 5:30-7pm, kids and parents are asked to move down the street to the Martin Luther King Center for hot dogs and a 45-minute screening of the film, JACKIE ROBINSON.
On Thursday, April 7 at 6:30pm, Basin PBS and Midland College will host a 45-minute community screening of JACKIE ROBINSON followed by a panel discussion which will include knowledgeable locals such as: Gene Collins – Local NAACP President, Cassandra Champion – Civil Rights Attorney and Regional Director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, Odel Crawford – President of the Black Chamber of Commerce of the Permian Basin and James Fuller – Professor, Midland College. The screening will take place at Midland College in the Allison Fine Arts Building, Wagner & Brown Auditorium.
Both events are FREE to the public but an RSVP is requested. The community is encouraged to visit BasinPBS.org or call 432-563-5728 to register for the clinic or RSVP for the community screening.
Local support for JACKIE ROBINSON is provided by Midland College and Robert E. Christensen DDS. We are grateful for all our partnerships and sponsors, without them we are unable to bring events and programs like this to the Permian Basin communities.