Push to landmark Jackie Robinson's house begins

STEPHON JOHNSON Amsterdam News Staff | 4/19/2013, 9:47 a.m.
Last Thursday, New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams joined other community members in East...
Push to landmark Jackie Robinson's house begins

"Jackie Robinson was a pioneer who overcame the color barrier in Major League Baseball when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers," said Rep. Yvette D. Clarke. "His contributions to the Civil Rights Movement were extraordinary. He remains a hero to people around the world, especially in Brooklyn, where he also lived."

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz echoed similar sentiments.

"Anywhere that Jackie Robinson called home in Brooklyn deserves landmark status," he said. "Jackie Robinson is an American icon and one of Brooklyn's most important heroes, continuing to set an example for our children today. He may have been known for touching home on the diamond, but now his home can touch the lives of Brooklynites who will always be inspired by his great American story."

When asked if he expected any blowback or resistance for the landmark campaign, Williams remained confident that time was on his side.

"I don't expect any push back," said Williams to the AmNews. "I think this is one of the landmarks that people are gonna line up for from top to bottom. From elected officials to the community to the owners, I think it's only a matter of time ... making sure that the paperwork is in and raising it on the priority list. I think the biggest obstacle is the time it takes to get it done."