Pink snow! (at Fairfax Connector bus stop at Bushman and Borge St.)
Jackie Robinson broke the color line in Major League Baseball when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. This decision would not only integrate baseball, but would help the country work to achieve equal rights for all. Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., once commented to baseball pitcher Don Newcombe, “Don, you and Jackie will never know how easy you made my job, through what you went through on the baseball field.”
Before becoming famous, Lt. Jack R. Robinson was court-martialed at Camp Hood, Texas, because he refused to move to the back of the bus after being told to do so by a bus driver and disobeying an order from a superior officer. Robinson was acquitted of all charges and received an honorable discharge, but this was not the only experience he would have in fighting discrimination.
After retiring from baseball, Robinson turned much of his attention to civil rights issues. He wrote to several Presidents about the cause, and even attended the March on Washington.
Many of these milestone events from Robinson’s life are documented in primary sources from the National Archives.
FJP: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives,” Robinson wrote in his autobiography. “I cannot possibly believe I have it made while so many of my black brothers and sisters are hungry, inadequately housed, insufficiently clothed, denied their dignity as they live in slums or barely exist on welfare.”
There are a handful of men that you can point to and say “you have made a true, deep, and measurable difference on this Earth.” Jackie Robinson is one of those people.
There are a zillion memorials out here but this has to be the only one with a Native American warrior on it. (This is right near the CSA “high-water mark,” and thus NY unit helped repulse that attack.)
Our nation owes a huge sent to the men of the 20th Maine. Their heroic stand here may have saved the Union Army at Gettysburg, and had the South won here, and Lee invaded further north, the people of the North might have moved to end the war. So maybe these brave men from Maine saved not only the Army but the whole country.
Don’t remember how long it’s been since I called upon this old friend… Am I the last person in journalism who still even has a Rolodex?
If governors opt their states out of the health law’s Medicaid expansion — as many are now threatening to do — it’s the poorest Americans who would find themselves getting the rawest deal.