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Civil Rights Heroes Jackie Robinson

When you hear the name Jackie Robinson, what comes to mind? Probably baseball and the number 42. As a matter of fact, he was the very first African American who became a Major League Baseball player in the year 1947 well ahead of the strides made by the civil rights movement. Yet all was not roses for Mr. Robinson, and as a matter of fact, being a pioneer of the civil rights movement held many moments that would make a lesser person want to act out in utter frustration.

Here are some tidbits that you may be aware of, but that nonetheless bear mentioning in conjunction with the accomplishments of Jackie Robinson:

This information barely scratches the surface of Jackie Robinson and his accomplishments, but it shows a man dedicated to a strict inner sense of right and wrong, who would not be deterred by labels, associations based on race, or things that should be left unsaid. Instead he would speak his mind and then accept the consequences of his words. All in all, he was a hero.

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