First Lady Michelle Obama Praises ‘Powerful’ Jackie Robinson Movie (VIDEO)

Source: Mary Bruce / ABC News

First lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to baseball legend Jackie Robinson today as she hailed the new movie “42,” which chronicles his career and the racial discrimination he endured.

Obama said she and the president were “visibly, physically moved” by the “wonderful” movie and the Robinsons’ story. It was a “truly powerful” experience, she said.

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“You’re left just asking yourselves, how on earth did they live through that? How did they do it? How did they endure the taunts and the bigotry for all of that time?” she said.

The first lady’s comments came at a White House workshop for high school and college students. After screening the movie, the students were able to question Robinson’s widow, Rachel, and members of the cast, including Chadwick Boseman, who plays Robinson in the film, and Harrison Ford, who plays Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey.

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