The Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball will host free private screenings for Atlanta area teenagers at Atlantic Station‘s Regal Theater 16 of the movie about Jackie Robinson entitled “42”. The screenings will be on April 29 at 6:40 p.m. and May 5 at 2:30 p.m.
“We have the unique opportunity to impact the next generation of ball players by introducing them to the man that changed the course of baseball history,” said Atlanta Braves Community Affairs Director Ericka Newsome. “The exceptional film 42 provides us an outlet to educate our youth on the importance of equality and progression. We are honored to share this significant piece of history with Metro Atlanta teens.”
Teens from the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, RBI, Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA, L.E.A.D., Friendship Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church Drum Line, Carver High School and Old National Athletic Association Red Knights are scheduled to attend.
“42 brilliantly depicts not only the proudest and most powerful event in baseball history, but also a watershed moment in American history and the Civil Rights Movement,” said Commissioner Selig. “This film is a profound way for all of us throughout Major League Baseball to educate our next generation about Jackie Robinson’s vital impact on our nation. I thank Thomas Tull and his colleagues for working with the Robinson family and allowing this enduring American story to be told to a worldwide audience. With our annual April 15th celebration, the wide-ranging efforts of all 30 Clubs and now this inspirational film, it is an honor for our industry to continue to shine a light on the vibrant legacy of Jackie Robinson.”
The film is in over 3,000 theaters nationwide and grossed $27.5 million the first weekend. It stars Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, and Academy Award® nominee Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers executive, Branch Rickey, the man who signed Jackie Robinson.