The Robinsons in Pasadena: A Life Between Segregation and Integration features Amy Essington, a Cal State University professor, author and executive director of the Historical Society of Southern California, who'll talk about Robinson's Pasadena roots and how his family struggled with racism in the then–mostly white neighborhood during the Depression.
Before he became a civil rights leader and broke Major League Baseball's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, Jackie Robinson lived in Pasadena for 24 years. Robinson's mother, Mallie, moved herself and her five sons from Georgia to 121 Pepper St. in Pasadena, where a plaque today marks their residence. Robinson played football, baseball, basketball and track at Pasadena Junior College, now Pasadena City College; last year, the Rose Bowl unveiled a statue of Robinson wearing his football jersey. The city also has a baseball field, community center and park named after him. Hosted by the Pasadena Museum of History,