Hicklebee's will be hosting Sharon Robinson, daughter of acclaimed baseball star Jackie Robinson. Her new memoir Child of the Dream, is set during one of the most important years of the civil rights movement.
In January 1963, Sharon Robinson turns thirteen the night before George Wallace declares on national television "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" in his inauguration speech as governor of Alabama. It is the beginning of a year that will change the course of American history.
As the daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, Sharon has opportunities that most people would never dream of experiencing. Her family hosts multiple fund-raisers at their home in Connecticut for the work that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is doing. Sharon sees her first concert after going backstage at the Apollo Theater. And her whole family attends the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
But things don't always feel easy for Sharon. She is one of the only Black children in her wealthy Connecticut neighborhood. Her older brother, Jackie Robinson Jr., is having a hard time trying to live up to his father's famous name, causing some rifts in the family. And Sharon feels isolated-struggling to find her role in the civil rights movement that is taking place across the country.
This is the story of how one girl finds her voice in the fight for justice and equality. You won't want to miss this historical and relevant conversation.
Sharon Robinson is an acclaimed author of several works of fiction and nonfiction as well as an educational consultant for Major League Baseball. She is the founder of BreakingBarriers: In Sports, In Life, a baseball-themed national character education curriculum that helps empower students overcome obstacles in their lives. Since 1997, the program has reached over 22 million students and over 3 million educators. Robinson's widely praised nonfiction books about her father, baseball and civil rights icon Jackie Robinson, include Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson and Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America. Browse the rest of her books here. Prior to joining Major League Baseball, Ms. Robinson was an educator and taught at Yale, Columbia, Howard, and Georgetown University. She currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
* "A lovingly honest memoir of a racial-and social activist-past that really hasn't passed." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review