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  • Tanya Mckoy-Millan

    Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) he was the first African American to play in the Major Leagues.. He excelled in many sports such as football, basketball, track and baseball.. Jackie's brother Matthew was also an Althete who won an Olympic silver medal in 1936, second to Jesse Owens. He playef football at the University of California. He was the school's first student to win varsity letters in four sports. Jackie had to drop out of school due to financial difficulties. Jackie served as a lieutenant in the Army from 1942-1944. He protested segregation by not moving to the "black-only" section of the bus. The NAACP and black newspapers were able to get Jackie released from jail and honorably discharged from the Army. When Jackie began playing for the Dodgers, the President of thr organization knew it would be tough on him. Jackie was able to resist fighting back when he received threats and jeers from baseball goers who did not want base ball to intergrate. In his first year, he hit 12 home runs and helped his team win a National league Pennant. He led in stolen bases and earned National League's MVP award. Robinson became a hero of his sport. He soon changed the thinking among former critics. His athletic talent was unmatched. Robinsin set a Major League record by stealing home base nineteen times in a season. He opened the door for other players such as Satchel Paige, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron. He was the first African American inducted to the Baseball Hall of fame. After baseball Robinson continued his work as an activist for social change. He help establish a black owned and operated bank named Freedom Bank. He also served on the Board of the NAACP.... #BlackHistory

  • Stacey McAvoy-Mulinio

    Jackie Robinson Biography ~ Jackie Roosevelt Robinson, born January 31, 1919, in my opinion, did more to break the color barrier than anyone else ever has... More than Martin Luther King Jr., more than Oprah! I wish that the movie #42 was played for all students at some point during black history month. I only imagine that the kids who wear pants at their knees and throw gang signs likes it their job, make Jackie Robinson roll over in his grave. Thank You Jackie Robinson <3

  • Matt Hicks

    Not only did Jackie Robinson embody an exceptional work ethic, which made him one of the best baseball players of all time. He also faced great adversity to be an ambassador of change, which contributed to the Civil Rights Movement.

  • phil mouse

    Jackie Robinson forever sparked the world of sports in America becoming the first ever African American baseball player in Major League Baseball in an attempt to integrate professional sports.

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