Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to show ‘42’ at The Pines

The Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. announces its next official Delta Red Carpet feature film – “42” – based on the life of baseball player Jackie Robinson.

The screening will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at The Pines mall cinema. Admission is $10.

“42” is the second film rendition of Robinson’s life, the first being the 1950 film, “The Jackie Robinson Story,” starring Jackie Robinson himself.

Delta Sigma Theta, supported by the organization’s Commission on Arts and Letters and its Project ART: Actively Redefining Together initiative, is deeply committed to boldly advancing the African-American experience through arts and letters and promoting the contributions of African-Americans in the arts. The goal of the initiative is to encourage and continue public support of projects that accurately portray the true essence of African-Americans.

“We are one of Delta Sigma Theta’s 900-plus chapters across the country sponsoring a Red Carpet event for this occasion. Our organization has consistently advocated for the accurate portrayal and positive imagery of African-Americans in the arts,” Chapter President Charlene Kelley said.

The film tells the story of two men and one strong woman: the great Jackie Robinson (played by Chad Boseman), legendary Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey (played by Oscar-winner Harrison Ford), whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball; and Rachel Robinson (played by Nicole Beharie).

This film of hope and encouragement tells a powerful story of these men and their willingness to overcome the horrible barrier of racism and segregation in Major League Baseball. Their display of courage and discipline in the face of adversity forever altered history.

“This riveting film is a must see for every African-American man, woman and child as it displays the struggles with racism that our youth today may not have read about, witnessed or experienced,” National President Cynthia Butler-McIntyre said. “By highlighting ‘42’ as our Delta Red Carpet, this will allow us to continue to work together with industry affiliates to create positive forms of entertainment that accurately display images of the African-American community.”