The impact of Jackie Robinson extended far beyond the baseball diamond. In a time of great social injustice in America, he became a symbol of change for all Americans. His breaking of baseball's color barrier in 1947 was an important early step in the Civil Rights Movement that would take off in the 1960's. Robinson did much more that simply break the color barrier, though. He became an outspoken civil rights advocate and worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the South after his baseball career. Even before breaking baseball's color barrier, Robinson made a cultural impact by being the first four letter Varsity athlete at UCLA and through his actions for equality in the United States military. The impact of Jackie Robinson is still felt today many years after his death. His memory lives on in our society as a man who brought about great social change.
Despite that memory, Jackie Robinson's early work for American Civil Rights and his years working for the NAACP are often overlooked when historians consider his cultural impact. In this site, we intend to present a portrait of Robinson that focuses on his work to advance American Civil Rights before and after his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers.