Actor Harrison Ford participated in a White House workshop discussion today about the movie “#42,” a movie based on Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball.
The event included actors and producers of the film and included Jackie Robinson’s widow Rachel Robinson. Ford plays Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers manager that picked Robinson for the team.
“I grew up in a family of very – my parents were very liberal.” Ford said. “They embraced social change and they embraced equal rights for all.”
Ford admitted that his family didn’t know a lot about baseball or what was going on in Jackie Robinson’s life, but said that his parents were big supporters of the civil rights movement.
“My parents were very vocal about how important it was to understand our American history and what had been done and that we now had an opportunity to address that situation,” Ford said. “By the way, I agree with Mrs. Robinson that we have further yet to go.”
During the event, Robinson explained that the civil rights movement in America was not finished.
“We have made great social progress in America, but we still have a lot of work to do,” she said. “We’re not there yet, its not a perfect world.”
First Lady Michelle Obama signaled a similar note during her opening remarks at the event.
“In the end, I can’t help but marvel at just how far we’ve come over the course of this woman’s life,” she said about Mrs. Robinson. “But it also remind us how far we have to go, how much more work we have to do.”