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Jackie Robinson,Baseball Player,Civil Rights Activist

Jackie Robinson was one of the greatest baseball players of all time. I am going to talk about how he was courageous,thoughtful,and a leader. He became a Civil Rights activist after he retired from baseball. Robinson was one of the Civil Rights activist that helped break the color barrier in every day life. Jackie Robinson was courageous,thoughtful,and a leader which made him a great baseball player and Civil Rights activist.

First,I am going to talk about how Jackie Robinson was a leader. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier on April 15,1947. He made advancements in the cause for Civil Rights for African American athletes. He helped establish the African American Freedom bank which he owned and controlled. He served on the board of the NAACP until 1967 and was the first African American to be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. Jackie Robinson once said,"A life is not important except the impact it has on others."

Next,I am going to talk about how Jackie Robinson was courageous. While serving as a lieutenant for the U.S. Army in 1944,he was court-marshaled after refusing to move to the back of a segregated bus. He was ultimately acquitted. Despite prejudice and racial strife, he was a successful baseball player who set many records,won awards,and was a hero of the sport. By breaking the color barrier in baseball,he courageously challenged the deeply rooted custom of racial in both the North and the South. Another one of Robinson's quotes was," This ain't fun. But you watch me,I'll get it done."

Last,I am going to talk about how Jackie Robinson was thoughtful. Jackie did not break his promise to Branch Rickey to remain silent to the fans,players,and coaches. He instead let his actions do the talking by batting 297 and leading the National League in stolen bases. After baseball Robinson became active in business and continued his work as a Civil Rights activist for civil change."Another quote from Jackie Robinson was," There's not an American in this country free until everyone of us is free."

As you can see,Jackie Robinson was at least one of the greatest African American baseball players of all time. Jackie was a leader by breaking the color barrier. He was courageous by joining the army. Jackie was thoughtful by not saying anything back to anybody to anybody who was or wasn't mean to him. Another quote from Jackie Robinson is,"How you played in yesterday's game is all that counts."

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