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Banking and Business: How Jackie Robinson Challenged Economic Inequality

Jackie Robinson and Mayor John Lindsay at opening of Freedom National Bank, 1965

Jackie Robinson with Mayor John Lindsay and others at the grand opening of the Freedom National Bank, January 25, 1965. Courtesy of Morris Warman Estate

Jackie Robinson’s belief in economic empowerment was central to his fight for first-class citizenship for African Americans. In this interactive session, educators will analyze photographs, charts and graphs, newspaper columns, correspondence with sports figures and politicians, videos, and more to learn about the significance of Robinson’s diverse bank and business ventures as part of a larger narrative of America’s history of economic inequality. A select number of these sources will be shared with educators who complete the session.

This session is geared towards upper elementary, middle and high school educators, but any teacher or parent interested in learning more about Jackie Robinson is welcome to attend.



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