I love LOVE, weddings, and Black history. I have decided to combine my interests into blog posts about black weddings. I plan to profile the weddings of well-known and not-so-well known African Americans. Since April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day, it is fitting to begin this series with the wedding of Jackie Robinson and Rachel Isum.
Date of Wedding: February 10, 1946 (year before Jackie desegregates major league baseball)
Place: Independent Church of Christ in Los Angeles, CA
Officiant: Rev. Carl Downs, Dean of Sam Huston College (HBCU in TX); the church’s pastor was in Washington, D.C. at the time fighting for fair employment practices.
According to the Chicago Defender, Mrs. Rachel Robinson graduated at the head of her UCLA class and studied nursing.
The wedding party consisted of eight attendants.
Mrs. Robinson wore a gown of ivory satin with a three-tiered bridal veil.