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Jackie Robinson Social Impact

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Where would America be without it’s pastime and the influential and inspiring acts of Jackie Robinson? Jackie Robinson has had the greatest societal impact because he played a vital role in breaking the color barrier for not only baseball but for society as a whole, he served as a major factor in an integrated military following his name being called on draft day, and still has influence today with his non-profit organization that hands out college scholarships and leadership opportunities to minorities. Born into a family of sharecroppers on a plantation in Cairo, Georgia, Jackie Robinson was a child who knew little of what his life accomplishment would be. Jackie grew up in a rough part in American history where blacks were treated unjustly and not recognized to the extent of the remaining population. Robinson went to John Muir High School and was inspired by his brother “Mack” to join the basketball, football, tennis, track and field, and baseball teams at the high school. Robinson later attended PJC, a junior college in Pasadena, California before ultimately finishing his collegiate career at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Jackie married Rachel Isum and had three children, Sharon, Jackie Jr., and David who he inspired more than any sports fan, team, or sport itself. On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson made his major league debut (“Jackie Robinson.” The Biography.com) where he began what is known today as social equality for all.
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