UCLA commemorates Jackie Robinson’s 100th birthday

“Athletes, Activism and
Jackie Robinson’s Legacy,”
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

On February 5, 2019, UCLA commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jackie Robinson with a panel entitled Athletes, Activism and Jackie Robinson’s Legacy.  Moderated by Bruin alum Cari Champion, co-anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter, other panelists included triple Bruin Damion Thomas, Museum Curator for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture; Patricia A. Turner, Dean and Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at UCLA and coordinator of the Arthur Ashe Legacy Fund; alum Chris Kluwe who played football for UCLA and then the Minnesota Vikings, and Kaiya McCullough, current student-athlete and political science major.  References to Arthur Ashe, who often noted that the fact that UCLA was Jackie Robinson’s alma mater was very influential in his decision to become a Bruin, were prominent in the stimulating discussion of the ways in which athletes have distinguished themselves off the field with their contributions to social justice.

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