October 5, 2001 Jackie Robinson's Daughter to Discuss New Book About Her Father on November 6

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Sharon Robinson, Jackie Robinson's daughter and director of educational programming for the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, will discuss her book, Jackie's Nine: Jackie Robinson's Values to Live By (Scholastic Inc., 2001), at the Library of Congress at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Room 119, first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E. Part of the Center for the Book's "Books & Beyond" series of author talks, the program is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. The talk is co-sponsored with the District of Columbia Center for the Book, which is located at the District of Columbia Public Library.

Jackie's Nine is an anthology through which Sharon Robinson explores the nine values that helped her father achieve his goals: courage, determination, teamwork, persistence, integrity, citizenship, justice, commitment, and excellence. This diverse collection of writings includes autobiographical passages by both Robinsons; contributions by writers such as Jules Tygiel, Carl Rowan, Roger Kahn, and Bob Greene; and profiles of many personalities, including Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Marian Wright Edelman, Christopher Reeve, and Oprah Winfrey.

A graduate of Howard and Columbia universities, Sharon Robinson is the author of a memoir, Stealing Home (HarperCollins, 1996), and the creator of Breaking Barriers, an in-school program of Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Association, and Scholastic Inc. Prior to joining Major League Baseball, she had a 20-year career as a nurse-midwife and educator. She has taught at Yale, Columbia, Howard, and Georgetown universities.

The District of Columbia Center for the Book was established in 2000 "to celebrate, honor, and promote books, reading, literacy, and the literary heritage of the District of Columbia and the surrounding metropolitan area." For information about its activities, contact Patricia Pasqual at the D.C. Public Library, telephone (202) 727-2313; fax (202) 727-1129.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was established in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries. Its program is supported by tax- deductible contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. For information about its forthcoming events, projects, publications, and the activities of its affiliates in 42 states and the District of Columbia, consult its Web site at www.loc.gov/cfbook.


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