Jackie Robinson, player number 42 for the Brooklyn Dodgers, accomplished many goals in his life. He broke the color line, made MVP, entered the Hall of Fame, and fought racism at all costs.
Jackie Robinson, known for breaking the color line in baseball and his impressive record on the field, was also one of the first civil rights fighters. The first black baseball player since the 1880s, Mr. Robinson would go on to confront political officials, players, and even the US military.
The year was 1942. A fresh-faced Robinson had just been drafted into the army. Assigned to the segregated Army Cavalry in Fort Riley, Kan., Robinson applied to the Officer Candidate School. Despite his qualifications, it would be months before he was admitted. By 1943, Robinson graduated and was commissioned second lieutenant.
Lt. Robinson was then reassigned to Fort Hood, Texas, where he joined the ranks of the 761 “Black Panthers” Tank Battalion. He would remain there until an incident in 1944 that would change his entire career.