Jackie Robinson's Influence On The Civil Rights Movement

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Breaking the Barrier Jackie Robinson once said that a life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives, by that definition, he lived an important life. According to those standards, Robinson lived one one of the most important lives of all time. Born in 1919 Jackie Robinson wasn’t expected to be anything more than the average black man but, went on to be a legend in multiple views. Robinson will be forever remembered not only for his ability on the baseball field but also his influence on the Civil Rights Movement. Robinson’s name and number alike will never be forgotten in the world of baseball. “On the fiftieth anniversary of his debut, his number 42 was permanently retired by all major-league teams, although current major leaguers already wearing the number were allowed to keep it for remainder of careers,” (Swaine). Other than the hall of fame in which Robinson is enshrined, having your jersey retired by a sports team is the ultimate honor. It means that you did something or had a career that changed the organization, to have his jersey retired by all teams means he affected every team, regardless of region or racial history. Jackie Robinson was the pioneer for African-Americans in the world of baseball and open endless doors of opportunity in the sport. “When Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, more than sixty years of racial segregation came to an end,” (Swaine). On April 14th the world of professional baseball was

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