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Can One Person Make a Difference?. By: Tracy Weinkauf February 1, 2005. Jackie Robinson. “A life is not important except in the impact it has on others.” Robinson. Early Life of Jackie. Was Born in Cairo, Georgia on January 31, 1919

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Can one person make a difference

Can One Person Make a Difference?

By: Tracy Weinkauf

February 1, 2005

Jackie robinson

Jackie Robinson

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on others.”

  • Robinson

Early life of jackie

Early Life of Jackie

  • Was Born in Cairo, Georgia on January 31, 1919

  • Later moved to Pasadena, California with his mother and siblings

Robinson family

Robinson Family

  • Jackie was the youngest of 5 children

  • Parents were Jerry (a sharecropper) and Mallie Robinson

  • Met wife Rachel Isum in 1940 and married her after joining the Dodgers

  • Had three children of his own



  • John Muir Technical High school

    • Won honors and lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field

  • Pasadena Junior College from September 1937 to August 1939

  • UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles)

    • On an athletic scholarship

Early accomplishments

Early Accomplishments

  • UCLA’s first four letter athlete

  • Team's highest scorer for two years in basketball

  • Won national championship in long jump

More accomplishments

More Accomplishments

  • All-American halfback on the university's football team

  • Was awarded his commission of second lieutenant in January of 1943 for the United Stated Army

Obstacles and difficulties

Obstacles and Difficulties

  • Denied acceptance to U.S. Officer's Candidate School due to race the first time he applied

  • Could not travel with the military teams

  • Segregation within the military

    • “For coloreds only” signs everywhere

    • Refused driver’s orders to sit in the back of the bus

  • Upset baseball fans and booing


Baseball s great experiment

“Baseball’s Great Experiment”

  • Began a professional baseball career with the Negro League

  • Persuaded to join the Dodger organization by Branch Rickey

  • True test of his playing skills, psychological make-up, and social adjustments

    • Break the segregation of races in baseball

Can one person make a difference

  • Helped lead his team to become the champions of the International league

  • Promoted to National League Brooklyn Dodgers

  • National League Rookie of the year

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More accomplishments1

More Accomplishments

  • National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1949

  • Baseball Hall Of Fame on January 23, 1962

How has he made a difference

How Has He Made a Difference?

  • Was chosen to cross the line from the Negro league into the all White baseball league

  • Speaker for the House Un-American Activities Committee

    • Spoke against racism and being American

  • A legacy for the sports arena during this time period


Did you know

Did You Know?

  • Jackie Robinson…

    • His entire name is Jack Roosevelt Robinson

    • He joined a gang as a teenager…but thanks to many people, he changed his life

    • His brother Mack was a world-class sprinter

    • Taught Sunday school lessons


Comprehension questions

Comprehension Questions

  • 1) Jackie was the first ____ letter athlete at UCLA.

  • 2) What branch of the military was Jackie in?

  • 3) What National League team did Robinson play on?

Can one person make a difference

“The right of every American to first-class citizenship is the most important issue of our time.”-Robinson







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