Jackie Robinson, Civil Rights Advocate
January 16, 2006 12:26 PM   Subscribe

Beyond the Playing Field: Jackie Robinson, Civil Rights Advocate. (more inside)
posted by matteo (12 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Letter to President Kennedy
posted by matteo at 12:27 PM on January 16, 2006

posted by matteo at 12:30 PM on January 16, 2006

Thank you for posting this today, matteo. Jackie Robinson is one of my heroes, both as an athlete and as a man. His teammate Roy Campanella, too.
posted by jonmc at 12:51 PM on January 16, 2006

Truly excellent post, matteo.
posted by Rothko at 1:00 PM on January 16, 2006

Why did he write a letter to Kennedy on "Chock Full 'o Nuts" stationery? Am I missing something by only ideftifying that brand with coffee?
posted by GuyZero at 1:01 PM on January 16, 2006

Robinson worked as VP of Personnel for the coffee bean company, until he was forced to resign for his political activities (such as writing letters to President Kennedy on company letterhead).
posted by Rothko at 1:09 PM on January 16, 2006

OT (notice the phone number, MUrray Hill 2-0500, does anyone else remember exchange names, or being able to dial a friend with just four digits instead of ten?)
posted by caddis at 1:12 PM on January 16, 2006

caddis, there's a great Italian restaurant in the West Village, that still has their exchange name number printed on the front of their menus. My dad and my uncle were remembering their exchange numbers at Xmas when I last saw them.
posted by jonmc at 1:14 PM on January 16, 2006

Thank you for this.
posted by Simon! at 1:55 PM on January 16, 2006

posted by lobstah at 2:07 PM on January 16, 2006

This is a fantastic post.
posted by sellout at 3:30 PM on January 16, 2006

I add my thanks.
posted by languagehat at 5:00 PM on January 16, 2006

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