Create a Jackie Robinson Institute; rename Le Conte to Jackie Robinson Way
  • Petitioned Regents of University of California, UCLA, City Council of Los Angeles

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Regents of University of California, UCLA, City Council of Los Angeles

Create a Jackie Robinson Institute; rename Le Conte to Jackie Robinson Way

    1. Carl Gordon
    2. Petition by

      Carl Gordon

      BEVERLY HILLS CA 90211-2382, CA

The pursuit of a professional sports business education is increasingly becoming a viable career choice for students and entrepreneurs—and no wonder, the U.S. sports industry is big business, very big business. According to Sports Business Journal, the sports business industry is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the United States. In 2005, Sports Business Journal conducted a survey of the size of the industry and estimated the sports business industry was at $213 billion per year and growing. It’s more than twice the size of the U.S. auto industry and seven times larger than the movie industry.

At present, African Americans and other people of color, as well as women are woefully underrepresented in the sports business industry. By establishing “The Jackie Robinson Institute of Sports Business at UCLA,” a degree program within the existing Anderson School of Management, UCLA will emerge as one of the leader in educating the next cadre of professionally educated sports executives who will increasingly be needed worldwide in the 21st century. And among them will be a diverse group of highly educated sports executives of all races, ethnicities, and women.

Le Conte Avenue was named after Joseph Le Conte.

Joseph Le Conte was an officer in the Confederate States of America army. He came from a slaveholding family with ties to Georgia and South Carolina.

John Le Conte, Joseph’s brother, was both first acting president (1869) and president (1876-1881) of the University of California, Berkeley.

UC, Berkeley (a state university) did not initially accept African Americans, women, Catholics, or Jews. Joseph Le Conte was also a renowned professor, scientist and environmentalist…and a staunch white supremacist and racist during his lifetime.

None of the qualities and attributes cited above (about the Le Conte’s) is the reason that we’re petitioning the City of Los Angeles and UCLA to change the street name to Jackie Robinson Way and establish the Jackie Robinson Institute of Sports Business at UCLA, We are petitioning this change because Jackie Robinson was the antithesis of white supremacy and racism, and he fought all his adult life for the brotherhood of man. And for that, America is a better place because we had Jackie Robinson for a brief time in our lives. And he is in our hearts—still.

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    1. Reached 25 signatures
    2. A special invitation sent to mayoral candidate, Wendy Greuel...

      Carl Gordon
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Wendy Greuel,

      Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti wrote a letter (in 2011) to Chancellor Gene Block of UCLA in support of our proposal to have the City of Los Angeles and UCLA honor Jackie Robinson. Will you?

      Will you be the first to signs our petition. We have reserved that honor for you. Before we send emails to our supports we request that you and your supports support this beautiful endeavor.

      More information about who we are can be found at the University of the ’Hood’s Web site at http://universityofthehood.com/

      Please contact me at cg@universityofthehood.com to see how you can make this living tribute to Jackie Robinson become a reality.

      Sincerely,
      Carl Gordon
      A steward of University of the ’Hood®

      Eric Garcetti’s letter (dated Aug. 16, 20011) to Chancellor Gene Block of UCLA:

      http://universityofthehood.com/?page_id=2048

      University of the Hood

      Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson-An Authentic American Hero- Read a great article about Jackie Robinson's activism for equality in America, written by Peter Dreierapr of The Atlantic titled "The Real Story of Baseball's Integration That You Won't See in 42." Published April 11, 2013, http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/04/the-real-story-of-baseballs-integration-that-you-wont-see-in-i-42-i/274886/.

    3. His life, spirit and legacy will never be extinguished!

      Carl Gordon
      Petition Organizer

      On October 24, 1972, Jack Roosevelt Robinson, an American warrior for equality and justice and an authentic American hero passed into the realm of immortality just as, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. had done before him. Silenced was his great voice of persuasion and his outspokenness for America to live up to its amended Constitution of guarantees and promises of freedom, equality of opportunity, and justice for all its citizens. His life, spirit and legacy will never be extinguished!

      Please sign the petition and have friends and family do the same.

      Read a great article about Jackie Robinson’s activism for equality in America, written by Peter Dreierapr of The Atlantic titled “The Real Story of Baseball’s Integration That You Won’t See in 42.” Published April 11, 2013, http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/04/the-real-story-of-baseballs-integration-that-you-wont-see-in-i-42-i/274886/

      The Real Story of Baseball's Integration That You Won't See in 42

      One of America's most iconic and inspiring stories-Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color line in 1947-is retold in the film 42, which opens nationally this weekend. Even if you're not a baseball fan, the film will tug at your heart and have you rooting for Robinson to overcome the racist obstacles put in his way.

    4. First Lady Michelle Obama said everyone should see the movie “42.”

      Carl Gordon
      Petition Organizer

      First Lady Michelle Obama said everyone should see the movie “42,” about Jackie Robinson’s first year in the majors, that it was truly powerful for her and the president. Further, that it left them “visibly, physically moved.” She also asked, “How did they do it? How did they endure the taunts, the bigotry and racial discrimination for all of that time?”

      See the movie today. Find out why they were moved by the experience of the movie, and why they were on an emotional roller-coaster from feelings of anger and sympathy, to joy and uplift, to by the end of the movie of feeling pride, gratitude and respect for Jackie and Rachel Robinson and their triumph—for America’s triumph and small step toward equality of opportunity and a more fair and just America.

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    • murat kum ANKARA, TURKEY
      • about 1 year ago

      tavsiye...

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    • Eric Mancilla LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      It's important not just to me but to this country. Jackie Robinson was a great hero for his time and till this day he is some one we all should inspired to be like.

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    • Charles Waits CORONA, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Jackie Robinson was not only influential in baseball at the time but was significant to the civil/human rights era. To name this facility after him will allow his legacy to continue to remain important for those who may ask "who is the Jackie Robinson this building is named after...."

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    • Carolyn Connor COMPTON, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      near UCLA named in his honor. Thank you for consideration of this request and petition.

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    • Lillie Aquil COMPTON, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because of what he did and what he stood for and how he struggled and ultimately was responsible for lifting so many people upon his shoulders and leading a way to bring about positive changes in all of our lives.

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