Child of the Dream — A memoir of 1963
In January 1963, Sharon Robinson turns thirteen the night before George Wallace declares on national television "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" in his inauguration speech as governor of Alabama. It is the beginning of a year that will change the course of American history.
As the daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, Sharon has opportunities that most people would never dream of experiencing. Her family hosts multiple fund-raisers at their home in Connecticut for the work that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is doing. Sharon sees her first concert after going backstage at the Apollo Theater. And her whole family attends the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
But things don't always feel easy for Sharon. She is one of the only Black children in her wealthy Connecticut neighborhood. Her older brother, Jackie Robinson Jr., is having a hard time trying to live up to his father's famous name, causing some rifts in the family.
And Sharon feels isolated—struggling to find her role in the civil rights movement that is taking place across the country.
This is the story of how one girl finds her voice in the fight for justice and equality.
Breaking Barriers: In Life and In Sports
Each day, we all face some barrier, but it’s how we approach that barrier that really matters. It begins with loving ourselves and striving toward excellence in everything we do. It continues with self confidence that’s gained from each small victory; and the strength that is gathered with each challenge.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation: Education is our pitch
The Jackie Robinson Foundation is a public, not-for-profit national organization founded by Rachel Robinson in 1973 as a vehicle to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson. Serving as an advocate for young people with the greatest need, the foundation assists increasing numbers of minority youths through the granting of four-year scholarships for higher education.