Program Details*


The Servant Leadership Dynamic between Branch Rickey & Jackie Roosevelt Robinson: How They Changed Baseball and Our Country


The term “Servant Leadership” was coined by Robert Greenleaf in 1970. In his essay, The Servant as Leader, Greenleaf stressed that if one wants to be a leader, one must be a servant first. He felt that leadership starts with the desire to serve others. One then makes a conscious choice that takes one on a journey to leadership. Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey and their desire to break the color line in Major League baseball is an example of Servant Leadership.

Presenter’s Name

Merle Branner

Presenter’s Website

Presenter’s Bio

Merle A. Branner: archivist and educator, MLIS, Dominican University in Library and Information Science, MS, Pepperdine University in Educational Computing, BFA, Art Center College of Design in Photography. She’s an Archivist at the Ruthie & Bill Katz Archives at North Shore Congregation Israel and Technology Coordinator/Curriculum Developer at Queen of Angels School, Chicago.She presented her paper, at the Cooperstown Symposium, Cooperstown, NY at National Baseball Hall of Fame, 2010.

*Note: The information above is a draft provided by the presenter and may be different in the HalloweeM Program Booklet.

Date Time

Saturday, October 30th at 9 AM US/CDT


Michigan A

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