“The Robinsons in Pasadena: A Life Between Segregation and Integration”
Amy Essington, Lecturer, California State University, Fullerton and Cal Poly Pomona, and author of The Integration of the Pacific Coast League: Race and Baseball in the West (University of Nebraska Press, June 2018)
In the Far West, the system of racism was not the formal system found in the South. It was instead a more fluid and uncertain system which people of color had to navigate. Africans Americans in Pasadena lived a reality experienced by many people of color in Southern California in the 1920s and 1930s. Mallie Robinson and her five children, Edgar, Frank, Mack, Willa Mae, and Jackie, lived in a community that straddled segregation and integration. Their experiences show the racism, discrimination, and opportunity for African Americans in Pasadena before World War II.
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