Why Is Jackie Robinson Important

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Logan Matson
Mrs. Hitchcock
Language Arts
2 February 2023
Jackie Robinson and his Life

Who was Jackie Robinson, what was he known for, and why was he important? These are the questions you may ask about Jackie Robinson. To begin, Jackie Robinson was an African American who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was known for breaking the color barrier in baseball. He was important because he stood for equal rights but that's not all the reasons why he was important. The main reason why he was important to history is because he broke the color barrier for Major League Baseball or the MLB.
Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. First, his family consisted of his father Jerry Robinson, his mother Mallie Robinson, and he was the youngest out of five other siblings. In his childhood, his father abandoned him at a young age (Reetz and Kinsella). In addition, one of his first jobs was that he sold newspapers and hotdogs at the Rose Bowl stadium. A little later in life he became part of a gang where he would shoplift and vandalize property (Reetz and Kinsella). Even though he had struggles in life he still …show more content…

His actions in life help to break the color barrier in baseball. A color barrier is a barrier that does not allow colored people to do things that white people could do. One example of some of the actions he took to break the color barrier was that he was involved in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s (Pebble.Go). The Civil Rights Movement was a protest to make colored people have the same rights as white people. Another example of how he helped break the color barrier is that he took part in the army. This helped to break the color barrier because he contributed to fighting for the country so this made him get more respect. If he was not part of the Civil Rights Movement he might not have broken the color barrier today and black people might not be playing in the

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