Before February comes to a close, I wanted to write a piece on Black History Month-inspired films and how not only do they show an inspirational story, but also present the perseverance of the human spirit. With stories such as that of Jackie Robinson, Katherine Johnson and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the film industry has made it a focus of theirs to bring these stories into the light in the hope of inspiring the next generation of African American activists.
On July 23, 1962, Jack Roosevelt Robinson was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame with honors and no questioning, however, the film “42” shows the journey before the big leagues. The film was directed by Brian Helgeland and stars Chadwick Boseman as the famed player that forever changed the game of baseball.
When Robinson first started out in the game, he was playing for the Kansas City Monarchs until he was approached by Branch Rickey, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, to come join his team as the first black ballplayer in the league. During his time in the MLB, Robinson experienced mass ridicule from crowds, players and league giants alike which almost drove him away from the game….