Jackie Robinson and The Civil Rights This is a short essay about Jackie Robinson and how he was one of the first black people to be in sports. It talks about how he influenced many people.

Essay by beckyann414High School, 11th grade December 2002

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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

Civil Rights.