What is Jackie Robinson about?
Jackie Robinson's life story from his birth in 1919 to his death in 1972 as told by filmmakers Sarah Burns, David McMahon and Ken Burns in a four hour documentary. Robinson rises from humble beginnings to break the color barrier in the Major League Baseball. Robinson's on the field contributions over a ten year career transform the Dodgers into perennial contenders; while his courage and accomplishments advance the civil rights movement off the field. After baseball, as both a both a businessman and leader, Robinson tirelessly fights inequality and discrimination. Interwoven into the story is how Robinson's family life and marriage shaped the man who would became an American icon.