Jackie Robinson | 42 | Montreal | Dodgers

A True Hero

Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color barrier in 1947, had a 10-year all-star career, became the first African-American inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and had his number 42 retired by Major League Baseball in 1997. More important than his accomplishments in baseball are his contributions to racial equality in the United States, of which his many baseball “firsts” are just one part. After his retirement from baseball in 1956, he became very active in the civil rights movement, working with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and on several political campaigns to help break barriers for all people, not just athletes.

Source: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/exhibition/the-black-experience-sports-baseball/jackie-robinson

20-cent Jackie Robinson stamp

Black History Month Facts

1963 – More than 200,000 people march on Washington, D. C., in the largest civil-rights demonstration in U. S. history; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gives his “I Have a Dream” speech.

1963 – Four young Black girls are killed in the bombing of a Birmingham, AL church.

1964 – President Johnson signs Civil Rights Act of 1964, giving government more power to protect citizens against race religion, sex or national-origin discrimination.

1965 – Malcolm X, former minister in Nation of Islam and civil-rights activist, assassinated.

1965 – Thousands participate in three protest marches from Selma to Montgomery, AL for Black voting rights.

1965 – President Johnson signs Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Source: DiversityInc.