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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Jackie Robinson’s Letters to the White House

“Today’s young blacks are ready to explode!”

Jackie Robinson will forever be known for having broken the color barrier in major league baseball. But his work as an important civil rights advocate was just getting started. The US National Archives has compiled a collection of letters and telegrams Robinson sent to the White House after retiring from baseball as he used his notoriety to help influence the cause for which he himself had become synonymous.

The letters tell a story of violence and frustration, and Robinson’s tone changes over the years as the movement takes its toll leading up to his death at just 53.

Repoz Posted: December 29, 2013 at 04:05 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bruce Markusen Posted: December 30, 2013 at 01:01 AM (#4626152)
Great stuff from Robinson. He could write a little bit.
   2. Publius Publicola Posted: December 30, 2013 at 01:08 AM (#4626158)
The letters tell a story of violence and frustration, and Robinson’s tone changes over the years as the movement takes its toll leading up to his death at just 53.

Bit of a reach? Robinson had diabetes.

And civil rights causes enervated him, they didn't defeat him.
   3. Mickey Henry Mays Posted: December 30, 2013 at 01:31 AM (#4626170)
I have a vague memory of him from the 1972 World Series. I remember him looking so old and tired. Hard to believe he was only 53. Him and Nolan Ryan are the only two non-Yankee's who made the "Wall of Fame " in my home office.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM (#4626276)
Bit of a reach? Robinson had diabetes.

Probably given to him in a conspiracy orchestrated by the KKK.

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