We are four months into 2016 and Spring is here, which means it’s baseball season again!

Whether you root for the Oakland A’s, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Medford Rogues, or another team, this month Ken Burns takes a look at arguably the most remarkable baseball player in the history of our great national pastime, Jack Roosevelt Robinson.

Looking at our increasingly diverse culture now, it is hard to imagine major league baseball had a color barrier. That all changed when Robinson stepped onto the field in 1947 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, becoming the first black player in the majors.

After his prodigious career in baseball, Robinson continued as a tireless advocate for civil rights as a newspaper columnist and a political activist. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Jackie Robinson was a sit-inner before sit-ins, a freedom rider before freedom rides.” You can see this special program on April 11 and 12 at 9 p.m.

April also marks the start of the final quarter of SOPTV’s current fiscal year, which concludes at the end of June. Our next fiscal year (2017) will be a milestone year for SOPTV because we will be celebrating 40 years of serving southern Oregon with “the best television on television.” Thanks to the support of you and others in the community, two generations have had access to SOPTV and its educational and informational program services.

So much of our planning depends on how we finish the present fiscal year, and membership is one of our largest sources of support. Thank you for renewing your annual membership with SOPTV, and thanks again if you sent an additional gift!

With gratitude,

Mark Stanislawski

President & CEO

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