Frank Schiffman

Remembering Jackie Robinson’s Fight With Black Nationalists Over Anti-Semitism

04/14/2013 - 20:00

Moviegoers who headed this past weekend to the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 for the opening of “42” saw the story of how Jackie Robinson displayed legendary courage, class and talent in the face of immense pressure and racial hatred as he broke down baseball’s color barrier.

Less well known is Robinson’s role in a controversy that erupted just a few blocks away, at Harlem’s most famous theater, and underscored his commitment to fighting all bigotry, including prejudice emanating from his own community.

Robinson: "I was ashamed to see community leaders who were afraid to speak out when blacks were guilty of anti-Semitism."
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