Jackie Robinson transcended the color barrier in major league baseball and became a hero for humanity. He was an icon for civil rights and helped lead the way for other ballplayers. A true inspiration to us all. An example of bravery and courage. Baseball was simply a vehicle for Jackie Robinson to bring light to the problems of racism in 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 hardships that would follow. He exhibited extreme bravery and it took a man of Jackie’s magnitude to handle all the problems that followed. He was so important to civil rights and helped lead the way for others to follow. An above and beyond leader whose number 42 will never ever be worn again in any major league park.
Having Jackie Robinson debut with the Brookly Dodgers in 1947 was one of the greatest civil rights moments in our history. It was made possible by Branch Rickey who served as the 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 during that time was so full of racism.
It has taken a man of Jackie’s temperament and courage to help change the ugly face of racism in America. Mr. Robinson was a man of a fiery temperament who was asked to stay calm during his first couple of years and handle the pressure. I don’t believe any other man could have handled the pressure. And because of his courage and bravery and willingness to stand tall, barriers have been brought down and continue to do so.
It is for these reasons that Jackie Robinson should be so honored. His jersey’s number will never ever be worn again. He is an example of others to follow and in his words he stated: “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… all I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”
Jackie Robinson will always be a true civil rights hero who just happened to play baseball.