What Is Jackie Robinson's Greatest Achievement

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Jack “Jackie” Roosevelt Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia on January 31, 1919. He was the son of Jerry and Mallie Robinson, and was accompanied by four other siblings. His parents were not very wealthy at all, working as tenant farmers until the couple split and Mallie was left to work as a maid. She did just enough to provide for her children, and it showed throughout their high school careers. While most of her children became very successful, Jackie could be considered her biggest achievement. Jackie Robinson is one of the most, if not the most, influential person to the Civil Rights Movement. He broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, led the way for integration in more places than just baseball, and lobbied for more black players, coaches, and even managers to come into the League.
As far as Jackie’s background, he came from an athletically gifted family. He was the youngest of five children and was raised in general poverty by his single mother. His older brother was an exceptional athlete himself and that helped to influence Jackie’s own interest in sports. His brother was good enough to make it to the Olympics, where he won a silver medal in the 200-meter dash in 1936 in Berlin. What many people do not know about Jackie is that he
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The Hall of Famer not only showed out for his race on the field, but advocated for more opportunities for them while he was off the field as well. Jackie’s first start in Major League baseball did not just symbolize a change in the sport, but instead it began a change the United States had not yet known. Jackie Robinson is no doubt one of the most influential African Americans in history, and he does not even really get the credit he deserves. Overall, Jackie Robinson got his job done both on the field and off. He already is credited with being a great baseball player, but he deserves more credit for helping improve social and racial

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