Professor Amy Essington, historian and executive director of the Historical Society of Southern California, will spotlight the Robinson Family of Pasadena – including star athletes Jackie and Mack Robinson – in a free lecture on Tuesday, February 20, 6:30 pm at the Pasadena Senior Center (85 E. Holly St., Pasadena 91103).
In the Far West, the system of racism was not as formal as in the South. It was, instead, a more fluid and uncertain system which people of color had to navigate. African 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.