The Coastal Carolina LRC will celebrate Black History Month with two films that highlight two important figures in history.
The first movie in the LRC Black History Film series will be 42, a biopic about Major League Baseball player Jackie Robinson.
From the official biography of Jackie Robinson on the Jackie Robinson Foundation website:
Jackie Robinson was born January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia and later moved to Pasadena, California. Continuing his education at UCLA, he remains the only student to earn varsity letters in four sports in one year. He served as a second lieutenant in the United States Army and, after his honorable discharge in 1944, played baseball in the Negro Leagues. Having caught the attention of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Mr. Robinson joined the franchise’s farm team in 1946, debuting with the Dodgers on April 15, 1947 as the first black player to compete in the Major Leagues. He overcame unimaginable bigotry and during his ten-year career, was named Rookie of the Year (1947), Most Valuable Player (1949) and won a World Series title (1955). His .311 batting average, 197 stolen bases and six All-Star game appearances ensured his enshrinement into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. The father of three continued to push for equality through his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, a leadership position within the NAACP, as an executive for Chock Full O’ Nuts, and through his help in establishing the Freedom National Bank. Jackie Robinson died on October 24, 1972 at the age of 53.
Read more about Jackie Robinson and the work of the Jackie Robinson Foundation here:
The movie 42 will be viewed in BT 101 on Wednesday, February 8th at 1:00pm.
The second movie in our Black History Film series is based on the life of Eugene Allen, who served as a butler in the White House from the Truman administration through the Reagan administration.
Born on July 14, 1919, in Scottsville, Virginia, Eugene Allen was an African-American butler who served under eight U.S. presidents, including Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter. He witnessed firsthand some of history’s major events, as well as the changing perspectives on race in political arenas. Known as having been a modest man, Allen is the subject of the 2013 film The Butler. He died in 2010 in Washington, D.C.
Read more about the life of Eugene Allen here: Eugene Allen biography at Biography.com.
The Butler will be viewed in BT 101 on Wednesday, February 22 at 1:00pm.
We hope that you will join us to celebrate these two icons of American history!