After Jackie #blkcreatives Twitter Watch Party The History Channel

After Jackie #blkcreatives Twitter Watch Party with The History Channel

After Jackie celebrates Jackie Robinson opening the door for other Black players to join the league and this documentary taps into key people and events in the aftermath.

We invite you to our Twitter Watch Party, Saturday June 18 at 8/7c on The History Channel!

During the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson becoming the first Black player to play in modern Major League Baseball, The History Channel, #blkcreatives & in association with MLB present the two hour documentary event, After Jackie.

This two hour documentary event is executive produced by LeBron James, Maverick Carter, and Stanley Nelson with Andre Gaines (The One and Only Dick Gregory) serving as director.

Key Facts from the Documentary

  • April 15, 1947, Robinson broke the color barrier and became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. His jersey # was 42 and he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • In 1957, Robinson retires from baseball, but the country is still dealing with civil unrest and the aftermath of Jim Crow. Upon retirement, Jackie fully dedicates his time becoming a civil rights activist, & partners with Martin Luther King, Jr to push racial equality and ease racial tensions. 
  • Players Curt Flood, Bill White and Bob Gibson become the torchbearers and emerge as stars during the height of the civil rights movement, while also becoming activists on and off the field. 
  • During Spring Training of 1961, White, Flood, and Gibson were among players that started a movement protesting the segregated housing issue where black players were not allowed to stay in the same hotels as their counterparts. White spearheaded the fight for integration and by 1964 all players training in Florida were allowed to stay in the same lodging house. 

Looking forward to watching After Jackie, Saturday June 18 at 8/7c on The History Channel!