In honor of his bravery, the Major League Baseball also retired number 42 throughout all the clubs. Even after his baseball career, Jackie Robinson continued to work towards equality. Shortly after his final season, he joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Anderson). With this organization he became chairman of the Freedom Fund, which would raise more than a million dollars. He also met with numerous presidents including Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon to further civil right issues (Anderson). In addition, he participated in many marches and protests such as the Youth March for Integrated Schools and March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Robinson also deserves credit for helping Freedom National Bank create a foundation. The bank assisted black business owners and other minority people to receive loans they typically wouldn't receive from a white run bank (Anderson). Overall, Robinson was a huge economic impact for the future black generations.
Jackie Robinson changed American society through his dedication for civil rights. Robinson broke one of the biggest color barriers, which allowed more blacks and other races to compete in professional sports leagues. However, breaking one barrier chained in numerous other barriers. Blacks began to receive more job opportunities, voting rights, and places in local and federal governments. For example, Kenny Washington was the first black man to play in the National Football League and Robert L. Johnson became the first black billionaire with Black Entertainment Television, also known as