On May 19, 2014, ADL New York joined Senator Chuck Schumer, U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke and New York Council Member Jumanee Williams at a press conference calling for the New York City Landmarks Preservation Committee to grant landmark status to Jackie Robinson’s former home in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
The press conference, spearheaded by Council Member Williams, was held in front of Robinson’s home and Assistant Regional Director Michael Arlen stood united with the elected officials and community groups, highlighting Robinson’s role as a pioneer. Council Member Williams has been advocating for New York City to designate Robinson’s home on Tilden Avenue as a city landmark since it was denied last year.
ADL released the following statement: “Jackie Robinson was not only an iconic sports legend and an African-American hero, but a towering figure who helped to integrate Major League Baseball and change the course of history. His home reflects his remarkable courage and should be preserved. This morning’s event serves as an example of the unity that exists in Brooklyn and ADL New York was proud to be a part of such wonderful moment.”