Today in 1947: Jackie Roosevelt Robinson becomes the first African American to play in a major league baseball game in the 20th century. His stepping onto Ebbets Field in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform breaks the “color line” – the segregation of professional teams.
The International League in 1887 began a wave of League-wide black exclusion, and it had been complete since 1899, when Bill Galloway became the last African-American player in white organized ball.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
The Radicals and Progressives “Meet and Eat” is tonight at 5pm at the Orient House Restaurant, 626 South Park Street. More info at 249-0879.
The Havens Center presents Elizabeth Anderson, Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She will give 2 lectures this week. Today’s lecture is “The Transformation of Moral Consciousness” and is at 4pm in room 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive. Tomorrow, Anderson’s lecture is “Experiments in Political Economy,” at 4pm in room 8417 Social Science, 1180 Observatory Drive. Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more info, call 262-1420 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org
The Madison Parks Earth Day Challenge is Saturday, April 19th. It’s a coordinated, community clean up of Madison’s local parks in celebration of Earth Day and the beginning of spring park use. Volunteers are needed. Please register before Wednesday, April 16th. For registration and more info, visit cityofmadison.com/parks/celebrate/earthdayChallenge.cfm