Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson - A Journey Back to Separate but Equal Conditions

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Baseball great Jackie Robinson fought for social justice. His efforts to push for equal access are detailed in an episode from from the Ken Burns: The Jackie Robinson Collection. After viewing the clip, class members engage in a series of activities that help clarify their understanding of Robinson's contributions as well as of implicit and explicit racism.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Review the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, the United States Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education case, and implicit and explicit racism before showing the film clip
  • Each of the 11 clips in the Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson Collection address a specific theme and point in Robinson's life; preview the clips to determine those most appropriate for your unit of study
  • Check out these other lessons in the series
Classroom Considerations

  • Establish a protocol for a safe, respectful discussion of emotionally charged issues
Pros

  • Class members are encouraged to consider ways to address implicit racism
Cons

  • None