2LT Jackie Robinson

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In 1942, Jackie Robinson was drafted into the military to a segregated cavalry unit in Kansas. There he also faced discrimination when he and other colored soldiers applied for Officer Candidate School (OCS) and were later accepted after much fighting and debate. After completing it, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States military.
Later in his career, in 1944, he was confronted with another situation. While on a military bus, he was asked to move to the back (similarly to Rosa Parks). After he refused, he was taken into custody and eventually transferred out of his unit. After being transferred, Jackie joined another unit but was court-martialed after false accusations by the prejudiced officer and jury that confirmed his removal from the military. Jackie would later join a semi-professional football team and eventually begin his baseball career.
We honor you, Jackie Robinson.

(Submission by: Isabella Parry. #Repost @Jackie Robinson Changed Sports)


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  • GP Cox
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    I’ll lay odds most people have no knowledge of this part of his bio. A good man.

    • Katrina
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      I didn’t, until yesterday. My daughter (2nd grade) was learning about people who had a big impact on civil rights. I was pleasantly surprised that she was taught so much detail!

      • GP Cox
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        I am very pleasantly surprised that did teach so much detail!

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