Iconic Angelenos in Black History: Jackie Robinson | KCET
Iconic Angelenos in Black History: Jackie Robinson
In honor of Black History Month, join us each day from February 10th to the 19th as we celebrate Black Angelenos who have influenced culture, social justice, and progress in Los Angeles and, in some instances, the nation.
Today we celebrate Jackie Robinson:
In 1964, he helped found, with Harlem businessman Dunbar McLaurin, Freedom National Bank--a black-owned and operated commercial bank.
In 1965, Robinson served as an analyst for ABC's Major League Baseball Game of the Week telecasts, the first black person to do so.
In 1987, both the National and American League Rookie of the Year Awards were renamed the "Jackie Robinson Award."
In December 1956, the NAACP recognized him with the Spingarn Medal.
March 2, 2005, President George W. Bush gave Robinson's widow the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award bestowed by Congress.
In 1976, his home in Brooklyn, the Jackie Robinson House, was declared a National Historic Landmark.
A number of facilities at Pasadena City College (successor to PJC) are named in Robinson's honor.
As we continue celebrating Black History Month with daily portraits of iconic Angelenos, check back for more features on other pioneering individuals and make sure to share this history with your friends and family. Click here for more portraits.