Ken Burns Discusses His 'Profile in Courage'

The documentary filmmaker on Jackie Robinson
3:00 | 11/22/13

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Making -- Jackie Robinson and -- the least we forget that this is the first real progress in civil rights since the civil war this isn't a bus in Montgomery Alabama this isn't a lunch counter and Virginia. -- North Carolina this -- -- school in South Carolina -- to peek a Kansas. This isn't even -- in our in our military this is on the diamonds of our so called national pastime when Jack Roosevelt Robinson April 15 1947. Runs out to play for space and its campuses this is American history made a profound social change and we cannot appreciate. The load he carried he died at at 53 years old I'm sixty when you look at -- last pictures of Jackie Robinson old stooped. White haired you realize 53. This kid is sixty. What's happening here heat the load he carried is one of the greatest profiles in courage I have ever seen and -- baseball's. About a kind of equal poise in which you have to be focused in the moment. But if somebody's threatening to kill your kid and your wife where you and there are guys throwing -- head and and sliding into first base with their spikes on. How do you -- maintain that -- poison yet. He's in a hall of fame he galvanized. And totally change the game -- and and that's just you know one of many profiles but Jackie's extraordinary.

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