1. From the very beginning, Jackie's wife Rachel won our hearts and stole the show.
At this point I just want a doc about Rachel Robinson. She held it down. #JackieRobinsonPBS— Astasia Williams (@AstasiaWillTV) April 12, 2016
Look, I'm this close to erecting a statue of Rachel Robinson in my front yard. She is all the awesome. #JackieRobinsonPBS — One Chele (@OneChele) April 12, 2016
2. Not only because she was beautiful,
Rachel Robinson is a national treasure. One of the best things about #JackieRobinsonPBS is that we get to see that.— profloumoore (@loumoore12) April 12, 2016
3. But also because of the love she obviously felt for Jackie.Photo: pbs
4. In fact, their entire relationship was inspiring.
Yep, Rachel Robinson is giving a clinic on how a woman should be treated. And I'm paying attention! ✨💕 #JackieRobinsonPBS 👦🏾⚾️ — Chantell Monique (@31pottergirl) April 12, 2016
The partnership. The strong bond between Rachel and Jackie Robinson. BEAUTIFUL. INSPIRATION. #JackieRobinsonPBS ❤️❤️— Lakisha May (@kisha_may) April 12, 2016
5. Jackie was an all-around athlete, earning varsity letters in baseball, football, basketball, AND track.Photo: jackierobinson.org
this footage of #jackierobinson playing football at ucla >>> — El Flaco (@bomani_jones) April 12, 2016
Jackie Robinson was fine too.— A. Incognito (@AshVille34) April 12, 2016
6. POTUS & FLOTUS made a surprise appearance.
Can we PLEASE get more First Couple interviews?! #JackieRobinsonPBS — Darius M. Thigpen (@Thig08) April 12, 2016
7. And they reminded us that behind every good man is a great woman.
Love the parallel of Rachel Robinson & Michelle Obama as their husbands biggest asset & confidant. #JackieRobinsonPBS — Sweet Tee Jones (@msteejo1) April 12, 2016
8. Jackie's brother, Mack Robinson, won the silver medal in the 1936 Olympics, losing to Jesse Owens.
9. Then when Mack came back home the only job he could get was sweeping the streets.
Man won silver in the Olympics just to come back and sweep streets. #JackieRobinsonPBS — A. Incognito (@AshVille34) April 12, 2016
10. But he did it with his Olympic jacket on!
"He would wear his Olympic jacket while he cleaned the streets." That's right, Mack! Remind 'em what you're capable of! #JackieRobinsonPBS— Jenae Ivy (@justwrite115) April 12, 2016
Harry Belafonte was fine too. #JackieRobinsonPBS — A. Incognito (@AshVille34) April 12, 2016
11. Joe Louis and Jackie Robinson were bros, and Joe even made a phone call to help get Jackie into Officer Candidate School in the Armed Forces.[caption id="attachment_48770" align="alignnone" width="700"] Photo: © Bettmann/CORBIS[/caption]
12. He was arrested and court-martialed during training in the Army for refusing to move to the back of a segregated bus and was eventually acquitted of the charges, receiving an honorable discharge. He signed with MLB soon after, becoming the first Black man to do so.Photo: jackierobinson.org
13. Jackie reluctantly testified against Paul Robeson to the HUAC when they suspected Robeson of communism.
"It's always been a strategy to use one Black person against another to drive a wedge in the community." #JackieRobinsonPBS— Cecily Music (@CecilyAlexa) April 13, 2016
This situation between Jackie Robinson & Paul Robeson...every last bit of it is just sad to ponder man. #JackieRobinsonPBS — Christopher Smith (@infinitewords14) April 13, 2016
14. By the way, Jackie Robinson didn't take no mess.
This situation between Jackie Robinson & Paul Robeson...every last bit of it is just sad to ponder man. #JackieRobinsonPBS— Christopher Smith (@infinitewords14) April 13, 2016
15. And neither did Rachel. When Jackie objected to her joining a nursing program, she returned her engagement ring back to him through the mail so he wouldn't think he could control her.
Rachel Robinson was not to be played with, she sent that ring right on back."He was not going to tell me what to do."LOL #JackieRobinsonPBS — One Chele (@OneChele) April 12, 2016
16. Eventually, their engagement was back on, and it took Rachel one year to pay off her wedding dress she had on layaway at Saks Fifth Avenue.Photo: Archive Photos/Getty Images
17. Jackie and Rachel spent their honeymoon fighting discrimination while traveling to spring training, but Jackie's mother made sure she provided them with a shoebox of fried chicken.Photo: pbs
18. New York mayor Fiorella LaGuardia was a progressive Republican who pushed for integration in baseball.
Mayor #Laguardia began pressuring baseball clubs to integrate, even after a study he commissioned dismissed black players #JackieRobinsonPBS — complexitiiiiiiiiii. (@complexitiiiiii) April 12, 2016
19. At the end of his first season, Robinson was named the Rookie of the Year and was named the NL MVP just two years later in 1949.Photo: biography.com
20. He was diagnosed with diabetes at 33.
Age 33, diabetes, & a deteriorating heart. That's what stress can do to a beautiful black man. #JackieRobinsonPBS— Vera Truly Vera (@VeraTrulyVera) April 13, 2016
21. Eventually, people began to resent Jackie's outspokenness in the league.
"Reporters urged him to be a player, not a crusader." #JackieRobinsonPBS — Cecily Music (@CecilyAlexa) April 13, 2016
22. And he slammed the Negro Leagues.
Wow he bashed the negro leagues #JackieRobinsonPBS— Fannie Lou taught me (@KeshRue) April 13, 2016
23. The seven-decade story about Pee Wee Reese embracing Jackie Robinson is false.
"Today it's remembered in statutes & children books...but I don't think it happened." That writer is REAL! #JackieRobinsonPBS 😂😂😩👌🏽 — Jenae Ivy (@justwrite115) April 12, 2016
Bloop! Dude shut down that "great white man" myth quick as hell. Thank you! #JackieRobinsonPBS— POUNDCAKE (@AlwaysBeWrite) April 12, 2016
24. Rachel experienced subtle racism while trying to buy a house.
So Jackie was good enough to play baseball on the field, but not good enough to live in "their" neighborhoods. Horrible! #JackieRobinsonPBS — Jackie Ebule M.A. (@JackieEbule) April 13, 2016
Overt racism in the south easier to understand and fight than subtle racism in the north - Rachel Robinson #JackieRobinsonPBS— Jesse Dean (@jesse_cares) April 13, 2016
25. So the Robinson family had to move in with Carly Simon's family for a while.
I did not know there was a Carly Simon + Jackie Robinson connection #JackieRobinsonPBS — tammy_K (@tammy_k) April 13, 2016
Wow, Carly Simon's family played a role in taking a stand against bigotry. Bravo! #JackieRobinsonPBS— Sarah Hearn (@PositiveGospel) April 13, 2016
You never steal the base that you left. You steal the next one. -Jackie Robinson #JackieRobinsonPBS MESSAGE! — Natasha (@1NatashaStevens) April 13, 2016
26. Of course there's the moment when Jackie stole home in the 1955 World Series for the 19th time, giving the Brooklyn Dodgers the push to finally take the win that year.
Stealing home once is incredible. Doing it 19 times is otherworldly. #JackieRobinsonPBS— Brian Fleurantin (@BrFleurantin) April 13, 2016
Ok. Jackie stole home 19(!!!!) times? Bro, I was happy to go home on a wild pitch. 19 times?! Man! #JackieRobinsonPBS — Darius M. Thigpen (@Thig08) April 13, 2016
27. But the stress of Jackie's baseball career (including death threats) aged him tremendously.
Look at how Jackie aged.Wow. #JackieRobinsonPBS— One Chele (@OneChele) April 13, 2016
Imagine getting death threats n you have 2 focus on playing baseball? That's wild #jackierobinsonpbs — Luther No Vandross (@MusiQ_is_myLady) April 13, 2016
28. The Dodgers wanted Jackie out, and he got traded to the Giants.
You put a man & his family through hell for a decade and accuse him of "ingratitude." #JackieRobinsonPBS— The Kurved Krusader (@KlarenceKarter) April 13, 2016
How can you trade Jackie Robinson? #JackieRobinsonPBS — Kirven Tillis (@KirvenTillis) April 13, 2016
29. After the Major League's, he helped found and direct a Black bank in Harlem called the Freedom National Bank and became VP of Chock full o'Nuts.
#JackieRobinsonPBS was our shinning hope. Freedom National Bank in Do or Die and in the Village of Harlem. He believed in Black Power.— Dwayne A. Mack Ph.D. (@mfcbook) April 13, 2016
30. At first, he supported Nixon and was weary of Kennedy's stance on civil rights, but he backed Kennedy in the end.
Nixon refused to call for MLK so #JackieRobinsonPBS backed out and reached to the Kennedy family. I had no idea! — Lucky (@mosaicgraffiti) April 13, 2016
This is the part of #JackieRobinsonPBS where we remember how tepid, at best, JFK was on civil rights in 1960.— Curtis Harris (@curtismharris) April 13, 2016
Jackie had relationship with Nixon. Blacks were on Nixon side cuz of JFK weak stance on civil rights. #JackieRobinsonPBS — BlackDontCrack (@carlab73) April 13, 2016
31. He was awarded the NAACP's highest honor, the Spingarn Medal.
NAACP awarded him the highest honor. He also raised money and encouraged folks to vote. #JackieRobinsonPBS— The Kurved Krusader (@KlarenceKarter) April 13, 2016
32. And was inducted into MLB's Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility.Photo: baseballhall.org
BTW, LOVING the use of jazz music in the background of #JackieRobinsonPBS. — Robert Greene II (@robgreeneII) April 13, 2016
33. Jackie struggled with the militancy of the 1960's.
Kinda sad how the old school dudes like Jackie and Jesse Owens got passed up and pushed aside in the aggressive late 60s #JackieRobinsonPBS— Ric Piper (@MrGChristopher) April 13, 2016
Damn, late 60's came crashing down on Jackie. Ironic considering what Robinson had to put up with in the Beginning. #JackieRobinsonPBS — Robert Brian L. West (@BigBWest) April 13, 2016
34. During the 1964 election, the nomination of Barry Goldwater as the candidate for the GOP changed everything and showed us that not much has changed.
The GOP nominated Barry Goldwater and never looked back. #JackieRobinsonPBS— Keith White (@keethers) April 13, 2016
Unfortunate how history repeats itself. Sounds like a #trumprally. #JackieRobinsonPBS — Thickie Smalls (@TheRealMzMack) April 13, 2016
It's crazy how life repeats itself.. Jackie Robinson dealing with the same GOP problems we're dealing with now #JackieRobinsonPBS— Zeezy (@ZeezyDoesIt) April 13, 2016
35. His eldest son, Jackie Robinson, Jr., went to Vietnam as a teenager, but when he came back he suffered from a drug addiction. Jackie Jr. and his father also had a strained relationship.
oh no... jackie junior went to vietnam... became addicted to drugs... *sigh*#JackieRobinsonPBS — #chairlift4amj ♿️ (@AmandaMichelle) April 13, 2016
Man this father son relationship is deeeeepp! #JackieRobinsonPBS— Natasha (@1NatashaStevens) April 13, 2016
36. Jackie, Jr. went to rehab and got sober, reconnected with his father, but died in a car accident shortly afterwards at age 24.Photo: philly.com
Jack Jr's death, so young, after all he overcame. What a loss. #JackieRobinsonPBS — Edana Walker (@RedSaid) April 13, 2016
37. One year later, Jackie's health deteriorated, and he died in his wife's arms at 53. There were 500 mourners an hour at his funeral to pay their respects.
like... how do you... your son recovers from drug abuse & dies in a car crash. then your hubby collapses in your arms... #JackieRobinsonPBS— #chairlift4amj ♿️ (@AmandaMichelle) April 13, 2016
He ran toward her said I love you and collapsed. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 #jackierobinsonpbs — ICEEKJUSTICE (@Takiyah2Takiyah) April 13, 2016
38. Jackie Robinson was much more than a baseball player.
Such a nuanced and critical take on Jackie Robinson's life and the indignities he had to endure 😔#JackieRobinsonPBS— Rumnique Nannar (@rotikapdarum) April 13, 2016
39. And his story is one we should all learn.
Grandson of a slave. Son of a sharecropper. Forever a champion. He fought the good fight. ✊🏾💯#JackieRobinsonPBS — Coach P (@mrcoachp) April 13, 2016
I can't wait to use #JackieRobinsonPBS as a tool for teaching students down the road. Good documentary.— Robert Greene II (@robgreeneII) April 13, 2016
Jackie Robinson was truly an amazing man. I can appreciate him so much more after this beautifully crafted piece. #jackierobinsonpbs — Cindy (@Steadyspirit) April 13, 2016
40. Because Jackie Robinson kept it real.
"A life is not important except the impact it has on other lives" #JackieRobinsonPBS epitaph— Zee Bee (@simplyroses92) April 13, 2016
Most white people have their heads in the sand concerning race relations.-JR#JackieRobinsonPBS #preaching — BlackDontCrack (@carlab73) April 13, 2016