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"The Jackie Robinson Story" (dir. Alfred E. Green, 1950) --- This 1950 biographical movie tackles the racial issues that elevated and threatened Jackie Robinson, the first baseball player to break the color barrier. The Hall Of Fame Dodger plays himself with dignity (holding his own against Ruby Dee as his wife). Until director Spike Lee realizes his dream of dramatizing Robinson's life, this film quietly does some heavy lifting in the consciousness-raising department.

Ruby Dee (who turned 88 Oct 27!) as Jackie Robinson’s wife Rachel in a publicity photo from Feb 1950 for the biopic ‘The Jackie Robinson Story’. Photo by FPG/Archive Photos/Getty Images).

42: Motivational Monday: Jackie Robinson Breaking More Than Just the Color Barrier