Assemblymember Chris Holden (Pasadena) and members of the California Legislative Black Caucus today honored Mrs. Rachel Robinson, the widow of former Hall of Fame baseball player Jackie Robinson, in the state Assembly and Senate.
“The legacy of Jackie Robinson means so much to the citizens of my district. Jackie Robinson was raised in Pasadena, played ball at Pasadena City College before transferring to UCLA,” said Assemblymember Holden. “He was not only a pioneering black baseball player, but was a civil rights leader. His widow Rachel Robinson carries on his legacy through the Jackie Robinson Foundation. I am privileged to join in recognizing Rachel Robinson for her spirit and her efforts to champion civil rights.”
Holden joined members of the CLBC in voting for House Resolution 24 (Bradford) which urges the county of Los Angeles and several South LA cities to rename Manchester Boulevard (formerly State Route 42) after Dodger baseball great Jackie Robinson. 42 was Robinson’s jersey number when he played for the Dodgers.
Tonight the Legislative Black Caucus will hold a reception prior to the screening of the film “42”, the life and career of Jackie Robinson.