chadwickbosemanjackierobinson42Congratulations to Chadwick Boseman!

Chadwick Boseman, 30, is one of Hollywood’s up-and-coming actors. The South Carolina native is best known for his roles on the TV series Lincoln Heightsand Persons Unknown. Boseman is also a playwright and screenwriter who graduated from Howard University and attended the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford.

Last year Boseman got what he calls “the opportunity of a lifetime” to star in the upcoming biopic 42, his first time on the big screen in a lead role.

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Robinson, the first African American player to break Major League Baseball’s color line and play in what was once a whites-only game, was born on January 31, 1919. He faced racism and harassment during his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers and was a famous advocate for nonviolence. Robinson played for the Dodgers for a decade and led the way for more African Americans to take part in professional baseball in the U.S. In 1955, he helped led the Dodgers to its only World Series title before the team’s move to Los Angeles.

Robinson was an equal rights advocate for his entire life, and The Jackie Robinson Foundation continues his efforts to empower American minorities through scholarship programs. Posthumously, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1984 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2005.

Jackie Robinson’s life will be brought to the big screen this year in the new film ’42,’ directed by Brian Helgeland. The film is scheduled to be released in April 2013.

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