Jackie Robinson Foundation’s Year-long Centennial Celebration of its Namesake begins on January 31st

Exhibition of rarely seen photographs premieres at the Museum of the City of New York in Partnership with the Jackie Robinson Foundation

Traveling exhibit promoting the Jackie Robinson Museum will make stops at the Essence Festival in New Orleans and at MLB’s All-Star Game in Cleveland


New York, New York, January 31, 2019 -The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) kicked off its Jackie Robinson Centennial Celebration today with a number of events throughout New York City honoring baseball legend and humanitarian Jackie Robinson. JRF will host events nationwide throughout 2019 that will conclude with the opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum in December.

The Museum of the City of New York in partnership with the Jackie Robinson Foundation will unveil an exhibition “In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson: Portrait of a Baseball Legend” that will run through September 15, 2019. The exhibit will feature unpublished photographs by Look Magazine along with items on loan from the Jackie Robinson Foundation including rare home movies and other memorabilia. As part of an agreement with LinkNYC, several images from the MCNY exhibition also will appear on digital display kiosks throughout New York during Black History Month.

JRF president Della Britton Baeza stated, “Jackie contributed to our society in profound ways and we want to highlight the many aspects of those contributions particularly this year, the centennial of his birth. We look forward to expanding our mission of education and sharing his story with visitors of all ages at the Jackie Robinson Museum beginning in December.”

“It has been our family’s dream to have a physical space where my father’s legacy and the values by which he lived could inspire others, and we’re very excited,” said Sharon Robinson, the daughter of Jackie and Rachel Robinson.

February 5
Jackie Robinson 100th Birthday Celebration Concert
Royce Hall, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

March 4 
Jackie Robinson Foundation Centennial Robie Awards Dinner
New York Marriott Marquis

March 20
Athletes to Activists: A Conversation with Howard Bryant of ESPN and Olympian/Activist John Carlos
Museum of the City of New York

April 11
Jackie Robinson Museum Program Preview New York, New York

April 14 
Jackie Robinson Museum Program Preview Los Angeles, California

April 15
Major League Baseball’s Jackie Robinson Day (National)
On-field tributes at MLB ballparks throughout the country

May 14 
Jackie Robinson: The Personal and the Political, Panel Discussion
Museum of the City of New York

July 4 -August 11
Jackie Robinson Museum Traveling Exhibit National Tour

Opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum
75 Varick Street, New York, New York

Additional events are being planned across the country, all highlighting the themes of equal opportunity for all. The Jackie Robinson Centennial Celebration is sponsored in part by Major League Baseball, the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Martin Edelman, Gregg A. Gonsalves and Peter O’Malley.

About the Jackie Robinson Foundation

For 45 years, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) has continued Robinson’s commitment to equal opportunity by addressing the achievement gap in higher education and will expand his rich legacy with the opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York City in December 2019.

Founded in 1973 by Rachel Robinson, JRF has worked to close the achievement gap in higher education by providing generous, four-year scholarships and comprehensive support services to talented, minority, college students across the country. JRF has disbursed over $85 million in grants and direct program support to students who have attended over 260 different colleges and universities. JRF’s efforts have led to a consistent 98% graduation rate among JRF Scholars, which exceeds the overall national average of 64%. 1,500 JRF alumni are leaders in their communities and across a broad range of professional fields –and are true ambassadors of Jackie Robinson’s legacy of service and humanitarianism.

Expanding its mission of education and the Robinson legacy, JRF is engaged in constructing the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York City to open in December 2019. The Museum, which will include a robust online component, will chronicle Jackie Robinson storied athletic career and his social impact across society through artifacts, state-of-the-art exhibits, media, and interactive programming. This physical tribute to Jackie Robinson will serve as a destination for those seeking innovative, educational programming and a place for vibrant dialogue on critical social issues.


Scott Miranda on behalf of the Jackie Robinson Foundation – 914-806-6771