I feel that Jackie Robinson made the biggest impact on Civil Rights. He was the
first black man to "officially" play in the big leagues in the 20th century. He possessed
enormous physical talent and had fierce determination to succeed. Jackie Robinson went
through his ten year career facing racial conflicts, but he didn't let that stop him from
being the best.
Beyond his many stellar baseball defeats, Jackie Robinson went to champion the
cause of civil rights when he retired from the game. He sent letters and telegrams to
various presidents to strengthen the Civil Rights Act, claiming that it was too weak.
Nothing would make him quit. "I believe in the goodness of a free society. And I
believe that society can remain good only as long as we are willing to fight for it--and to
fight against whatever imperfections may exist," said Jackie.
Jackie Robinson was remembered primarily for breaking the color barrier in
baseball, but if you focus on the totality of Jackie Robinson and all that he accomplished,
you will see much more.
He became a fundraiser for NAACP and served on the Board of
directors. He also did many other fundraisers. Martin Luther King Jr. eve said, "Jackie
Robinson made it possible for me in the first place. Without him, I would have never
been able to do what I did." This is why Jackie Robinson made the biggest impact on