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Jackie Robinson

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Amanda Jordan

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For some time Jackie Robinson played football for the semi-professional Honolulu Bears. His time there ended once the U.S. entered WWII. Between the years of 1942-1944 Jackie served as a second lieutenant in the army. He received an honorable discharge after refusing to move to the back of a segregated bus during his training, so he never made it into combat.
After being discharged from the military in 1944, Robinson began playing professional baseball in the Negro Leagues. However, two years later he was drafted into the all-white Brooklyn Dodgers farm team called the Montreal Royals. On April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson played his first game in the major leagues for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and from there his very successful career in baseball took off! Early Years Affect on the United States Jackie Robinson Career Jackie was the first African American to be drafted into the major leagues . He opened up a new door for athletes of any sport and broke a major color barrier that people said would never be broken.By breaking the color barrier in 1947 Jackie Robinson helped contribute to the betterment of the United States. He also helped pave the way for the Civil Rights movement. As a retired professional baseball player he worked with the N.A.A.C.P. with Black enterprise projects. Jackie Robinson was a well known Civil Rights Advocate in his time; pushing for that famous saying "separate but equal". Jackie Roosevelt Robinson was born on January 31st, 1919 in Cairo Georgia and was the first African-American to ever play baseball in the major leagues. He grew up with his five other siblings, in poverty, and was raised by his mother. Jackie was very athletic growing up; playing multiple sports. He excelled more often of the times in baseball and received the regions M.V.P. during his high school years. After graduating, he then attended the University of California, but was sadly forced to drop out right before graduating due to some financial hardships, and played football for the semi-professional Honolulu Bears. However, Robinson was the first person to ever win Varsity letters in four sports at UCLA. Jackie Robinson married Rachel Isum in 1946. They met at UCLA in 1941, and together have three children Jackie Jr., Sharon and David Robinson. Lifetime Works Cited Goldstein, Richard. "Jackie Robinson: Brooklyn Dodgers Legend and Civil Rights Pioneer." The New York Times. N.p., 13 Apr. 2007. Web. 20 Feb. 2013. <http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/13/timestopics/topic-robinson.html?_r=0>.

"Jackie Robinson." 2013. The Biography Channel website. Feb 20 2013 http://www.biography.com/people/jackie-robinson-9460813.

Jackie Robinson- The Official Site. N.p., 2011. Web. 20 Feb. 2013. <http://www.jackierobinson.com/about/achievements.html> By: Amanda Jordan Accomplishments
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