By Brian Johnston
I recently watched the movie 42, about Jackie Robinson, for the second time. I still think that now, more than 70 years after he first started playing Major League Baseball, his accomplishments are amazing are worth our admiration.
As a big baseball fan, I have learned a lot about Jackie Robinson and appreciate everything that he did for the game. Yet even if you’re not a sports fan, you can still appreciate what he did. Robinson debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 as Major League Baseball’s first African American player. This was even before the Civil Rights Movement that started to gain a lot of rights for African Americans in the 1950s and 1960s. They were still segregated from white society in a lot of ways, and the fact that Robinson broke through under these conditions is impressive.
Not only did he play for ten years, but he played at a high level and was eventually elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. And he did it while facing a lot of scrutiny. as well as racism from many people who did not want him to succeed. Robinson opened the door for many more African Americans to play the game, as he was able to prove that they could play along with whites and play well.
As we celebrate Black History Month, let’s also celebrate the accomplishments of one of the most important African Americans in American history in Jackie Robinson. I would encourage our patrons of all ages to learn more about him. If you want to learn more, stop in and we would be happy to help you find something about him.