Every so often, there is a movie that everyone needs to watch. I believe that “42”, the story of how Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, is one of those movies.
You may recall that I had the privilege of attending the movie premiere in Hollywood and interviewing the producer and members of the cast along with fellow Walmart Mom Erika, of Chic Shopper Chick. But I also took my own family to see the movie a few weeks later, because it was that powerful.
Though my husband and I definitely had to explain some of the more difficult scenes and why the N-word was used throughout the movie to our 7-year-old daughter, it was completely worth those conversations. She had learned about Jackie Robinson in school, but seeing his story played out in front of her made an impact I don’t think she will soon forget. We recently went to our first Atlanta Braves game, and she was the first to notice Robinson’s retired jersey and number hanging in Turner field.
Given the current racial climate in this country (more on that another time), I think that all of us â€” black, white, Hispanic, Asian, whatever â€” could all stand a reminder of the good that can happen when we are willing to stand up for what is right, even when it is difficult.
If you didn’t get to see 42 in theaters, the DVD comes out July 16, and it is more than worth watching. You can pre-order the 42 DVD for $14.96 or the Blu-ray for $24.96 at Walmart.com now or get in store tomorrow. We’ll definitely be grabbing a copy, because this is one we’ll want to refer to over the years.
And if you’d like to hear directly from those involved in the movie about why it is an important story for all of us, check out this video:
DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, Iâ€™ve received compensation for my time and effort in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.