Jackie Robinson Breaks the Color Barrier in 1947

Baseball was king following World War II. Forever, African-Americans were forced to play in their own segregated leagues. In 1947 the Brookyn Dodgers (Dem Bums) took a chance with their GM Branch Rickey picking Jackie to be the first. He faced some struggles but his resiliance paved the way for the Don Newcombe’s, Roy Campenella’s and Willie Mays’ to become the stars of the league. Baseball took the lead for the Civil Rights of the 1950’s and 1960’s events that followed.

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