The last day of January is a special day for Dodger fans and humanity in general as it is Jackie Robinson’s birthday. He would be turning 100 today if he were still with us. The legendary Dodger hall of famer and civil rights pioneer will be honored throughout the day.
There will be a free screening of the film The Jackie Robinson story to be showed at the South Pasadena Public library on Thursday night. The free event will take place in the Library community room at 6:30 PM and is sponsored by the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, and the Lucille and Edward R. Roybal Foundation.
The Dodgers will also be honoring Jackie with a party at Dodger Stadium to host 250 children from the Union Rescue mission. The party will have a DJ/dancing, a tour of the Jackie Robinson pop-up museum, and everyone will sing happy birthday to Jackie. The festivities will also begin at 6:30 PM. Unfortunately you won’t be able to attend both events, unless you can be in two places at the same time. Here’s the press releases for both events.
Jackie Robinson’s 100th Birthday to be Celebrated with Film Screening at South Pasadena Public Library on January 31
In honor of the 100th Birthday of Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), a free screening of “The Jackie Robinson Story,” a classic 1950 film starring Jackie as himself will be presented at the South Pasadena Public Library . The free event for all ages will be celebrated in the Library Community Room on Thursday, January 31 at 7 pm on the eve of Black History Month. It is sponsored by the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, and the Lucille and Edward R. Roybal Foundation.
“The Jackie Robinson Story” was initially released to theatres in 1953 during the era of racial segregation but was nonetheless accorded critical praise and strong box office receipts. It featured an outstanding performance by Ruby Dee as Jackie’s wife, Rachel Robinson. Although not a professional actor, Jackie Robinson’s potentially difficult portrayal of himself also earned high praises for its confident assuredness and restraint. And as might be expected, the re-enacted baseball scenes are outstanding –and in many ways they are superior to those in “42”, the 2013 Jackie Robinson motion picture starring Chadwick Bozeman. 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, Pasadena City College.
The South Pasadena Public Library Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. no tickets or reservations are necessary, and refreshments will be served. Special surprises are planned as well. Thanks to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pasadena City College, 210eastsound, Videotheque, The Rose, and Movie Licensing USA. For more information, please call the South Pasadena Public Library at 626 403-7350.
Free parking is available after noon at the Mission Meridian Parking Garage located at 805 Meridian Avenue adjacent to the Metro Gold Line Station, only one block from the Library. Upon request made no later than four (4) business days before the event, the City will provide a reasonable accommodation for a qualified person with a disability to have equal access to the event. Please contact ADA Coordinator and Human Resources Manager, Mariam Lee Ko, at (626) 403-7312 or fill out the City’s request form available at www.southpasadenaca.gov and email the form to Human Resources at HR@southpasadenaca.gov
The Los Angeles Dodgers will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s birthday tomorrow, Thursday, January 31, by hosting a celebration for 250 children and parents from Union Rescue Mission.
The birthday party runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in partnership with Worthy of Love, a non-profit organization that hosts monthly birthday parties for children living in the Union Rescue Mission in Downtown Los Angeles. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Jackie Robinson Statue (in Lot B), where participants will sing “Happy Birthday” to Robinson. Other activities include a tour of the Jackie Robinson exhibit at the club’s Pop-Up Museum Presented by Mastercard followed by DJ/dancing, a photo booth, a balloon artist, face painting and a petting zoo in the Stadium Club.
“The Dodgers are proud to keep Jackie Robinson’s spirit alive on his 100th birthday and continue to teach future generations about his life and legacy,” said Naomi Rodriguez, Dodger Vice President of External Affairs & Community Relations. “We know this will be an unforgettable day for hundreds of children, filled with birthday cake, fun and games.”
“It has been a vision of mine to throw birthday parties in stadiums throughout the nation for the 2.5 million children experiencing homelessness,” said Mary Davis, founder of Worthy of Love. “To see smiles on the kids’ faces as they enter Dodger Stadium will be a dream come true!”
The team will continue to celebrate Jackie Robinson and his legacy with a special educational tour of Dodger Stadium, which will be held on Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. during the month of February. The hour-long tour highlights the life, career and influence of Jackie Robinson, and will also include admission to the Jackie Robinson exhibit at the Pop-Up Museum. More information can be found at Dodgers.com/Tours.