Rachel Robinson, the widow of Major League Baseball's Jackie Robinson, was honored Jan. 27 with Ohio Wesleyan University's Branch Rickey Award, given for her "exceptional personal contribution and commitment to the goal of full equality for all," according to information from OWU.

Rachel Robinson, the widow of Major League Baseball's Jackie Robinson, was honored Jan. 27 with Ohio Wesleyan University's Branch Rickey Award, given for her "exceptional personal contribution and commitment to the goal of full equality for all," according to information from OWU.

After the ceremony, OWU president Rock Jones announced that the award was being renamed the "Branch Rickey-Jackie Robinson Award presented by Ohio Wesleyan University."

Robinson, who was unable to attend the ceremony, sent a taped message to share with the crowd. In it, she thanked OWU for the honor and said, according to a news release, "Jack and Branch were a daring couple. The extraordinary partnership between them not only led to important social changes in America, but also became a rich example of what we, as people, can accomplish when we allow ourselves to trust each other and fight together."

Branch B. Rickey, Rickey's grandson, who helped to create the Rickey Award in 1988, attended the ceremony. Both grandfather and grandson were OWU alumni, graduating in 1904 and 1967, respectively.

After the ceremony, Rickey presented a lecture titled "More than Sport: The Branch Rickey-Jackie Robinson Legacy."

The MENding Monologues will be performed at Ohio Wesleyan University's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center's Benes Rooms at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5.

The program, inspired by Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues," uses sketch comedy, slam poetry and monologues to promote ending violence against women.

In the cast is the 2007-2008 World Grand Slam Poetry Champion and Ohio native Ed Mabrey.

The show is free, although donations will be accepted to benefit a local women's shelter.

A question-and-answer session will follow. For more information, visit www.TheMENding.org.