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Liberty Celebrates Jackie Robinson Week

Posted on: April 21, 2017

April 18-21st was “Jackie Robinson Week”  at Liberty Elementary School, which is an annual event.  While it is a celebration of Jackie breaking the color barrier in major league baseball on April 14, 1947, it is much more than that.  It is a little bit of history (Tuesday morning assembly  was about Jackie and the history of the Negro Leagues), some fun baseball curriculum, hot dog lunch on Wednesday, and various other activities.  The main message is that while Jackie opened the door for African Americans, his actions were also instrumental for creating opportunities for other minorities, as well as for women, disabled Americans, and every other group that has had struggles with issues of equity.  Students had fun, while at the same time gaining an appreciation of the struggles Jackie played through to open the doors for others.  Students also received the message that they may be the next Jackie Robinson, carrying the torch for those who are oppressed or are victims of social injustice.

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