Jackie Robinson Accomplishments

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Jackie Robinson broke the “color line” in 1947 and became the first African American baseball player to play in the Major Leagues, paving the way for future athletes of color. Throughout his struggles as a minority in life and in the baseball industry, his accomplishments changed how society viewed people of color. Jackie Roosevelt Robinson was born on January 31, 1919, in Cairo. Cairo is a small town in Georgia. His parents were sharecrop owners. When Jackie was just six months old his father left him, leaving Jackie’s mother Mallie Robinson to raise him and his four other siblings alone. Mallie decided to move the family to Pasadena, California. She had help from a relative to buy a house in a white neighborhood. From there on Jackie, who was a black boy living in a white community, quickly learned to stand up for his rights, respect himself, and to never back down from anyone. Jackie was a strong and independent boy who respected himself as well as others. Jackie also learned that he excelled in sports and that would bring him friendships with white kids. In high school, Robinson stared in football, baseball, basketball, and track. He lettered in all four sports and even broke his older brother’s track record of the running broad jump. He received a scholarship from UCLA, and met his future wife Rachel Isum. He then had thoughts that he wouldn’t be successful there for being a black man so he dropped out and joined the army. In the army Jackie kept his respect for
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