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									Jackie Robinson-A Civil Rights Hero

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Summary:
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


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Article Body:
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. Let's not forget the contributions this great man made
to humanity. He is an example for all human beings to follow, not just in
baseball, but also in life. He made it possible for Arican Americans to
cross the color barrier in all sports by leading by example. He had to
endure the constant badgering and humiliation at every game. He was
cursed at, sneered at, and spit at. He had objects thrown at him on the
field. He couldn't go into some places because of his color. But Jackie
Robinson held his head high, put one foot in front of the other, and
walked proudly. Leaving behind a path for all of us to follow. There has
never been a better example of the phrase, "actions speak louder then
words". While Jackie was being verbally abused and spit at, he carried
on with his actions. He was a leader on and off the field. A true icon
who stood for equal rights, the chance to play ball, and for humanity. We
salute you Jackie Robinson.

								
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