The Institute for Education will hold its annual State of the INFO Salon with Mayor Muriel Bowser, District of Columbia.  The evening salon will be hosted by H.E. Kenichiro Sasae of the Embassy of Japan at the residence. Ed Henry will remark about his book “42 Faith: The Rest of the Jackie Robinson Story.” Booksigning to follow. By invitation only. 

About our Speaker: Muriel Bowser serves as Washington, DC’s seventh elected Mayor.  Sworn in on January 2, 2015, she pledged to bring a fresh start to the District of Columbia, create pathways to the middle class for residents, and foster a culture of inclusion, transparency, and action. Read bio

About our Host: After graduating from the University of Tokyo, Kenichiro Sasae entered the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1974. He was appointed Ambassador of Japan to the United States in November 2012. Prior to his appointment, he was Vice Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2008 to 2010. Prior to this, he was Director-General for the Asian and Oceania Affairs Bureau from 2005 to 2008, Director-General for the Economic Affairs Bureau from 2002 to 2005, Deputy Director-General of the Foreign Policy Bureau from 2001 to 2002, Deputy Director-General for the Asian Affairs Bureau, and Executive Assistant to the Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Sasae has also held positions at the Embassies of Japan in the United States and in the United Kingdom, and at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Geneva.

BOOK REVIEW: Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, and the hidden hand of God that changed history | Journalist and baseball lover Ed Henry reveals for the first time the backstory of faith that guided Jackie Robinson into not only the baseball record books but the annals of civil rights advancement as well. Through recently discovered sermons, interviews with Robinson’s family and friends, and even an unpublished book by the player himself, Henry details a side of Jackie’s humanity that few have taken the time to see. Branch Rickey, the famed owner who risked it all by signing Jackie to his first contract, is also shown as a complex individual who wanted nothing more than to make his God-fearing mother proud of him. Few know the level at which Rickey struggled with his decision, only moving forward after a private meeting with a minister he’d just met. It turns out Rickey was not as certain about signing Robinson as historians have always assumed. With many baseball stories to enthrall even the most ardent enthusiast, 42 Faith also digs deep into why Jackie was the man he was and what both drove him and challenged him after his retirement. From his early years before baseball, to his time with Rickey and the Dodgers, to his failing health in his final years, we see a man of faith that few have recognized. This book will add a whole new dimension to Robinson’s already awe-inspiring legacy. Yes, Jackie and Branch are both still heroes long after their deaths.  Now, we learn more fully than ever before, there was an assist from God too. Click to download review.