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Breaking Barriers – Institute on Black Life’s Spring 2011 Colloquium Series
April 12, 2011

On April 6th, 2011, Assistant Professor Dr. Abraham Khan of the department of Communications and Africana Studies gave a presentation titled, “Colorblind Imaginaries: The Disciplinary Effect of Jackie Robinson.” A part of the Institute on Black Life’s Spring 2011 Colloquium Series, Dr. Khan addressed the political role of the celebrated player who was the first baseball player to break the color barrier.

Speaking of Jackie Robinson’s heroic role in bringing segregation one step closer to the end, Dr. Khan analyzed the immense degree of influence that the sportsman had on both the Democratic and the Republican parties. Apart from bringing change to the sport of baseball under trying circumstances, in his presentation, Dr. Khan explains the importance of recognizing the impact that Robinson had on a political level. He drew upon several examples where Robinson was key in effecting change, as well, making a compelling argument on the subject at hand.