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Jackie Robinson
Breaking the Color Barrier


Jackie Robinson was an American athlete, business executive, and civil rights leader. Born
in Cairo, Georgia, to a family of sharecroppers, Jack Roosevelt Robinson attended Pasadena
Junior College in California and the University of California at Los Angeles. At UCLA he
demonstrated exceptional athletic ability and became the first UCLA student-athlete to win
varsity letters in four sports; football, basketball, baseball, and track.


In 1941 Robinson left college to join the United States Army. After graduating from
Officers Candidate School, Robinson became a second lieutenant in what was then a
segregated army. Troubled by the mistreatment of black soldiers in his unit, Robinson
protested the U.S. Army's discriminatory practices. Military police at Fort Hood, Texas,

arrested Robinson when he refused the driver's order to move to the back of a bus. A
court-martial acquitted Robinson and he received an honorable discharge in 1944 with the
rank of first lieutenant.
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