Jackie Robinson overcame the color barrier in major league baseball and became the hero of humanity. He was an icon for civil rights and helped pave the way for other ballplayers. A true inspiration for us all. An example of bravery and courage. Baseball was simply a way for Jackie Robinson to shed light on the problems of racism at a time when racism was high.
Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in the major leagues in 1947. He was a leader and knew the difficulties that would follow. He showed extreme bravery, and it took a man of Jackie’s size to handle all the following problems. He was so important to civil rights and helped others follow the path. An all-over leader whose number 42 will never be worn again in any major league park.
The debut of Jackie Robinson with the Brookly Dodgers in 1947 was one of the greatest civil rights moments in our history. This was made possible by Branch Rickey, who served as club president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was wonderful that Jackie got his chance to play in major league baseball, and it was a tragedy that the fiber of America was so full of racism during that time.
It took a man of Jackie’s temper and courage to change the ugly face of racism in America. Mr Robinson was a fiery-tempered man who was asked to stay calm and withstand the pressure for the first few years. I do not think another man could handle the pressure. And because of his courage, his bravery, and his willingness to stand up, barriers have been cut and will continue to do so.
For these reasons, Jackie Robinson should be so honored. His jersey number will never be worn again. He is an example for others to follow and in his words, he said, “I am not concerned with your taste or dislike me … all I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”
Jackie Robinson will always be a real civil rights activist who happens to be playing baseball. Let us not forget the contributions this great man made to humanity. He is a role model for all people, not only in baseball, but also in life. He enabled African Americans to transcend the color barrier in all sports by setting a good example. He had to endure the constant dam and humiliation at every game. He was cursed, ridiculed and spit on. He had thrown objects on the field. He could not go to places because of his color. But Jackie Robinson held her head up, put one foot in front of the other, and walked proudly. We leave a path that we can all follow. Never before has there been a better example of the phrase “Acts speak louder than words”. While Jackie was berated and spit on, he continued with his actions. He was a leader on and off the field. A true icon that stood for equal rights, the chance to play ball, and for humanity. We celebrate you, Jackie Robinson.