pictured above: pictured above: JRF's Communication's Director Allison J. Davis (center-left)with NYC's Parks and Recreation Commissioner Veronica M. White (center-right) flanked by members of the Jersey City, NJ Jackie Robinson Little League Team
Photo: TODD MAISEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Director of Communications Allison J. Davis represented JRF at the rededication of the statue of Jackie Robinson and his Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese outside MCU Park in Brooklyn on August 19th . Originally unveiled in 2005, Rachel Robinson and Dottie Reese , wife of Pee Wee Reese, as well as representatives of the Foundation, took part in that historic first viewing and ceremony. Nearly eight years later, on August the 7th, the statue was found vandalized with spray-painted swastikas and racist slurs that specifically referenced Jackie Robinson.
Standing next to the newly cleaned statue last Monday, Davis told the crowd that the Foundation was both saddened and outraged by the vandalism. "Rachel Robinson was quick in her response," said Davis. "She immediately tweeted out that bias crimes have no place in our society today." JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza expressed hope that those responsible for this hateful act would be brought to justice.
Davis was joined by local politicians and NYC Parks and Recreation personnel in the brief ceremony. Pointing to the red and gray baseball shirts of the Jackie Robinson Little League team in attendance, Davis told the youngsters that in 10 years, the Foundation hopes that their shirts, now bearing the name of the heroic baseball player and civil rights icon, would identify them not only as athletes but as Jackie Robinson Scholars!
To date, no one has been charged in the vandalism. A $50,000 reward has been posted, including $40,000 offered by two supporters of the Jackie Robinson Foundation -- $20,000 from an anonymous donor and $20,000 from JRF Board Member and Jackie Robinson Museum Capital Campaign Chair Joseph Plumeri..
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