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Long Island University History Professor to Give Keynote Speech at Jackie Robinson Event in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 20

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Brooklyn, N.Y. – An expert on Jackie Robinson, Long Island University history professor Joseph Dorinson will deliver the keynote speech Thursday, Oct. 20, at The George Washington University's Jackie Robinson Night. Hosted by the University's Jackie Robinson Society, the celebratory event commemorates the late baseball legend's historic breakthrough in major league baseball and his profound impact on America, both on and off the field.

Dorinson, a longtime professor at LIU's Brooklyn Campus, is co-editor of "Jackie Robinson: Race, Sports, and the American Dream" (M.E. Sharpe, 1999) and co-editor of "Paul Robeson: Essays on His Life and Legacy" (McFarland, 2002). An authority in the field of popular culture, he has written on racial and ethic humor, Brooklyn, Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen and Mel Brooks.

At Jackie Robinson Night, Lonnie Bunch, director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, will receive The George Washington University Jackie Robinson Society Community Recognition Award. The Award is presented each year to acknowledge citizens whose accomplishments reflect Jackie Robinson's tradition and have made outstanding contributions to the District of Columbia and the nation.

Founded in 1999 at GWU by students who took a course about Robinson, the Jackie Robinson Society sponsors discussions about Robinson, and members participate in educational and community service projects associating his name and life's work with good deeds. Last year, the Society began an educational initiative that has already introduced Jackie Robinson's role as an informal civil rights leader to more than 1,000 students attending 14 schools in six states, the District of Columbia, and Japan.   "Jack Roosevelt Robinson wrote shortly before his death in 1972,  "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives'," Dorinson said. "Robinson's was a short life by modern standards, but what a life! With amazing grace under enormous pressure, Jackie's 1947 racial breakthrough changed the game of baseball and in doing so transformed the nation."

Professor Dorinson said Robinson broke barriers on and off the field. He desegregated road trips, spring training, stadiums and hotels. "Robinson was daring, daunting and dignified," said Dorinson.

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Posted 10/18/2011

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