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Ramon Jarillo, Staff Writer

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Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson was an American Professional baseball second baseman who became the first African-American to play in the Major League.  Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. Robinson and his family would later on move to Pasadena, California. After graduating John Muir High school, he would later enroll in Pasadena Junior College where he would continue his athletic career by participating in basketball, football, baseball and track. That year Robison was one of the 10 students named to the school’s Order of the Mast and Dagger, awarded to students performing “outstanding service to the school and whose scholastic and citizenship record is worthy of recognition.” An incident at PJC illustrated Robinson’s impatience with authority figures he perceived as racist, a character trait that would resurface repeatedly in his life. On January 25, 1938, he was arrested after vocally disputing the detention of a black friend by police. While at PJC, he was motivated by a preacher to attend church on a regular basis.

Robinson’s breaking of the baseball color line and his professional success symbolized these broader changes and demonstrated that the fight for equality was more than simply a political matter.

“But as I write these words now I cannot stand and sing the National Anthem. I have learned that I remain a black in a white world.”

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