Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson Integration or Separation?

What happens when change you imagined, the change you were promised, is slow in coming or doesn't happen at all? What do you do with the frustration and disenchantment? Class members watch two clips from the Ken Burns: Jackie Robinson Collection, one that contrasts Jackie Robinson's response to the lack of progress in race relations to that of Malcolm X, and one that contrast his approach to that of other more radical voice of the times. Viewers then engage in a full-class discussion based on questions they have about the clips.

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Classroom Considerations
  • Each episode in the Ken Burns; Jackie Robinson Collection focuses on a different theme and a different portion of Robinson's life
  • Class members should be familiar with the Black Power Movement, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Huey Newton, and the Nation of Islam
  • Establish a protocol for a safe, respectful discussion of controversial issues
  • The after-viewing activities permit class members to clarify their understanding of the videos and to develop questions for the full-class discussion
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