Before Obama stepped into the Oval, Jackie stepped onto the diamond. Before Rosa Parks took her stand, Jackie refused to move to the back of the bus. If you only know the legend, you don’t know the man.
Join Mountain Lake PBS for an exclusive screening of selections from Ken Burns newest documentary, JACKIE ROBINSON. Explore the impact Montreal had on him, and the legacy he left on the city through local stories with a panel of experts. Join us at the St James Theatre in Montreal on Sunday, April 3, at 7 pm.
Rev. Darryl Gray, Pastor of the Imani Family and Full Gospel Church. A well known spiritual leader and civil rights advocate in Montreal. Rev. Gray is a citizen of both the US and Canada, and is the former National Director of Communications of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Annakin Slayd. A Montreal-based hip-hop artist whose work includes lyrical tributes to Montreal’s rich athletics and cultural history, Annakin’s latest single explores the impact of Jackie Robinson in the city of Montreal.
Glen Gunning. The former head of the Montreal Association of Black Businesspersons and Professional, Glen spearheaded the creation of the Jackie Robinson Golf Tournament in the early 1990’s. Since that time, the tournament names for Robinson has raised money for the Black Academic Scholarship Fund, providing educational opportunities for hundreds of young people of color in the area.
Matthew Ross. A radio host of TSN690, Matt is also the President of ExposNation, which celebrates the remarkable history of baseball in the City, and advocates for the return of Major League Baseball to Montreal.
Marcel Dugas. A leading expert on the Montreal Royals glorious season of 1946, when Jackie led the team to the AAA Championship, established Montreal’s standing as a “baseball town,” and changed the game.
Charles Este. As a youngster growing up in Montreal, Charles was six years old during that season of 1946, when Jackie Robinson became a personal hero for him. Charles was inspired to play baseball in Quebec, and pursued a professional baseball career in the Giants organization. Charles is also the nephew of Rev. Charles H. Este, the pastor of more than forty years of Union United Church.