Bobby Bradford

Bobby Bradford and Friends: Stealin' Home: Jackie Robinson Suite

Born in Mississippi in 1934 and raised in Dallas, Texas, cornet master and composer Bobby Bradford knows racism and segregation. When asked if Texas was completely segregated, Bradford said, "If there's a word stronger than 'completely,' that was Texas." In spite of the hate and discrimination of everyday life in the Jim Crow South, Bradford and his family were tuned in to events around the country that impacted African Americans. They "got the news from the outside world" from Black newspapers like the Chicago Defender and the Pittsburgh Courier that regularly arrived in Dallas by train.