Jackie Robinson: Justice At Last

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“Jackie Robinson: Justice at Last” is the story of two brave men who changed the course of history in sports. In the 1940s, players in Major Leagues Baseball were segregated: African American and non-white players were excluded from playing with white players. The owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey, believed that black and white athletes should play together, so he asked Jackie Robinson to become the first African American player on his team. Ricky chose Jackie Robinson because Jackie was not only a superb athlete, but also very intelligent and sensitive. In spite of warnings that this would be difficult, Robinson agrees. By accepting this challenge and acting with dignity and strength, Robinson becomes a role model for future generations, as well as opening the door for non-white players in major league sports. (Prentice Hall Literature, 2010)

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