Jackie Robinson: A Spiritual Biography
Jackie Robinson believed in a God who sides with the oppressed and who calls us to see one another as sisters and brothers. This faith was a powerful but quiet engine that drove and sustained him as he shattered racial...
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Jackie Robinson believed in a God who sides with the oppressed and who calls us to see one another as sisters and brothers. This faith was a powerful but quiet engine that drove and sustained him as he shattered racial barriers on and beyond the baseball diamond. Jackie Robinson: A Spiritual Biography explores the faith that, Robinson said, carried him through the torment and abuse he suffered for integrating the major leagues and drove him to get involved in the civil rights movement. Marked by sacrifice and service, inclusiveness and hope, Robinson's faith shaped not only his character but also baseball and America itself.
Michael G. Long is an associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies at Elizabethtown College and is the author or editor of several books on civil rights, religion, and politics in mid-century America, including "First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson" and "Billy Graham and the Beloved Community: America's Evangelist and the Dream of Martin Luther King, Jr". He holds a Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta and resides in Highland Park, Pennsylvania.
Chris Lamb is Professor of Journalism at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. He teaches sports journalism, serves on the staff of the National Sports Journalism Center, and is the author or editor of six books, including Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball and Blackout: The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson's First Spring Training.