THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the First Lady
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UPCOMING GUIDANCE FOR FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The White House * 12:00 PM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome 80 high school and college students from across the country to take part in an interactive student workshop with the cast and crew of the film “42.” Beginning at 12:00 PM in the State Dining Room, the Director of the Office of Public Engagement Paulette Aniskoff will moderate a discussion about the film, Jackie Robinson and the inspirational themes from his life that students can apply to their own. Rachel Robinson, widow of Jackie Robinson, and featured members of the cast and crew, including Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman and Brian Helgeland, will share their experiences as well as answer student questions.
Students participating in the workshop come from Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington, DC; Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, MD; TC Williams High School in Alexandria, VA and Amino Jackie Robinson Charter High School in Los Angeles, CA; and include college students who participate in the Jackie Robinson Scholars program.
The workshop will stream live on www.whitehouse.gov/live.
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In theaters on April 12
(Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures)
Drama. Hero is a word we hear often in sports, but heroism is not always about achievements on the field of play. “42” tells the story of two men—the great Jackie Robinson and legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey—whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball. In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team, breaking Major League Baseball’s infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and even other players. Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting in kind, knowing that any incident could destroy his and Rickey’s hopes. Instead, Number 42 let his talent on the field do the talking—ultimately winning over fans and his teammates, silencing his critics, and paving the way for others to follow.
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