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Sharon Robinson, Author and Daughter of Baseball Great Jackie Robinson, to Speak in Boise Tonight


Speaking before hundreds of Title 1 grade school students May 17 at the Borah High School Auditorium, author Sharon Robinson said she thinks her primary audience is children. Her father, Jackie Robinson, is regarded as one of baseball's greatest players. He also broke the color line in Major League Baseball and was a significant figure in the Civil Rights Movement. 

"When I talk about my dad in front of kids I like to talk about his character," she said.

Robinson is in Boise to promote her latest book for children, The Hero Two Doors Down. It's the story of a young Jewish boy who befriends the elder Robinson when he moves his family into a predominantly Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y. She's also in town to speak May 17 at the Ether Simplot Performing Arts Academy, courtesy of Rediscovered Bookstore, the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, the Idaho Black History Museum and the Boise Schools Foundation. That event is free and takes place at 7 p.m.

At Borah, Robinson read from her book, talked about the importance of character in solving life's problems and answered questions from students. 

Robinson on character:
"If somebody doesn't want you on their team, in their school, you have to have inner strength."

On literacy:
"In order to manage your life you have to read and write."

On kids using social media:
"Oh no! That's too young! Some of the worst bullying is on the Internet."

She also teased details about her next book, which she said will touch on her visit to Cuba with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

"It was a diplomatic visit, and one of the most exciting experiences of my life," she said.