Jackie Robinson Civil Rights Baseball Star Activist, athlete, and Leader are three words, people often think of, in connection with Jackie Robinson. Many people know Jackie Robinson as a famous baseball player, but he was so much more. Jackie Robinson changed the world as the first black professional baseball player in times of segregation and racism in the world. He showed that African Americans could do anything just as good as a white person. He left a legacy as the Civil Rights Baseball Star.
When Louis discovered that he was naturally gifted in music, he established himself as a respected player of jazz music over a period of years. When Louis was a young boy, he had some issue problems with his family, and had to go through this difficult times; his family was very poor and his father abandoned them which everything fall on his mother 's shoulder. She often had to resort to prostitution to provide for the family and she took all the responsibilities as the head leader of the family. Louis couldn 't keep up with his school because there is so much going on at the moment of his life so he decided to dropped out of school in order to work and augment his mother’s meager income. Singing became his part of his life and it 's what he decided to do for his his living, so he started to sing in the streets
In Earnest Gaines’ “The Sky is Gray” a combination of the lessons taught to James by his mother, Octavia, and the first-person narration of James reveal a theme of pride being instilled in a young African American boy, in times of hardship and poverty, that show the coming of age of James. Early in the short story the reader gains insight into the fact that Octavia has raised James to be a young African American man that is not a “crybaby”. The first-person narration of the story reveals that James does not like to complain because it will upset his mother. In the story James says “I love my mama and I want to put my arm round her and tell
They lived in a predominantly white neighbourhood and they often felt as outsiders in the community. Whites even attempted to “buy them out”, but they did not leave (Robinson and Duckett 17). Out of his four siblings, Robinson was close to his only sister Willa Mae, and his older brother Mack, but he felt the closest to his brother Frank. His brother, Mack was a successful athlete himself, he participated in the -already mentioned- 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, where he finished second to Jesse Owens in the 200 meters (Robinson and Duckett 17). Jackie’s early love for sports can be attributed to his brother.
In the story, “Battle Royal,” written by Ralph Ellison, the narrator is looking back on his life from about twenty years prior. Currently he feels embarrassed for once feeling ashamed of his grandparents and their old ways. His grandparents were slaves during the Civil War before being freed. Growing up, the narrator was very intelligent and was what was considered as a model student. The narrator gives a graduation speech expressing that humiliation is the main motivation for African American success.
Many people do not realize how many famous people are from Mississippi. Eli Manning is a New Orleans native, but considered a famous Mississippian because he attended The University of Mississippi along with his father, Archie Manning. Eli Manning does great things like winning the Super Bowl and receiving MVP, but he also does many great things off the field such as donating his time and money. Manning did not really like football, but his dad and all of his siblings played football. Eli started playing for The University of Mississippi in 2000.
MJ’s pro career began in the 1984 NBA draft, when the bulls selected him third overall after Sam Bowie and Hakeem Olajuwon. Jordan quickly improved the Bulls franchise by generating more wins and winning rookie of the year. The young rookie also won gold in the 1984 Olympics on the men’s national team. Due to Michael Jordan’s unmatched talent, a great abundance of individuals gained interest in the game of basketball (Legends Profile: Michael Jordan). In 1985, Michael Jordan signed with Nike and created the first of over thirty Air Jordan models, the Air Jordan 1, which would forever alter the sneaker culture (Michael Jordan Timeline).
The Outsiders, a young adult fiction novel, by S.E Hinton, has multiple acts of heroism throughout the novel. Sacrifice, care, bravery, courage, etc; but only one of the characters in the novel exhibits all of the above qualities and is a true hero. Some of the heroic characteristics that were present were sacrifice and caring. Darry exhibits sacrifice and care when he gives up a college scholarship in order to take care of his brothers. Ponyboy vouches for his brother’s character stating that Darry “had been a real popular guy in school; he was captain of the football team and he had been voted Boy of the year”, but goes on to lament that at this point in the story he “didn’t have time between jobs to even think about college”(16).
The movie shows the true story of Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), a homeless teenager who had a rough childhood as he didn’t know his father and in the other hand his mother was addicted to drugs. He was in and out of foster homes and at times living on the streets. Leigh Anne (Sandra Bullock) the mother of a Wingate High School student, and wife of the owner of several Taco Bell, finds out about Michael’s situation and invites him to stay the night at their home after finding him siting under the rain without a safe place to spend the night. After a close relationship develops between Leigh Anne family and Michael, she makes her personal mission to make sure Michael has everything he needs emotionally and academically. At the end after a successful college football campaign Michael was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round in 2009, fulfilling all his goals and dreams.
He begins to excel in football and keeps his grades up, so he is scouted from all different schools throughout the country. He decides to attend Ole Miss where his adopted mother and father attended. Eventually he is drafted into the NFL in 2009 and is actually able to win the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013.