Not willing to accept his life as a slave, he rose to become a great and honorable man that held a voice of influence over the reform movement’s throughout the 19th century. He is one of the American leaders who provided a powerful voice for human rights and racial injustice during this period of American history. Throughout his life he was first and foremost an abolitionist, fighting against slavery until its elimination. He was a man dedicated to a cause, determined to try everything in his power to fight for what he believed fair, which was racial equality. As a young man Fredrick had fire; a burning incentive to change the world.
However, these facilities were not equal in anyway. So the African America... ... middle of paper ... ...en have this “destined date with freedom,” at which they can stand alongside their fellow brothers and sisters and be First- Class Citizens and be done with racial discrimination for the whole world. Since the beginning of America till after the Jim Crow era, the African Americans have been humiliated, been considered inferior, and have been denied their basic given rights. However, even with this treatment, the African Americans did not give up or lose hope. They were beaten and imprisoned for their beliefs as shown in the sources above, but they continued to fight for racial integration and to also rise and stand up for themselves and equality.
Jackie Robinson was not only the first African American to play in the MLB but, directly contributed to the civil rights movement around the world. Jackie Robinson made his debut April 15, 1947, for the Brooklyn Dodgers, officially breaking the color barrier. Jackie was not the best African American baseball player but Branch Rickey, the owner of the Dodgers once said, "I'm not looking for someone who is strong enough to fight back, I'm looking for someone who is strong enough not to fight back" (Branch Rickey). Jackie never fought back and his actions soon became the way many African Americans would fight the civil rights movement. Outside of baseball Jackie got involved in the civil rights movement through organizations.
Some time in American history, African-American was treated unfairly and even to these days, some still suffer from racism. In spite of this issue that has roam throughout America, there are some ordinary people who stand up to gain what the land of America has promise to its people. Martin Luther King Jr. is the guiding light to stop racism. He was a man who was inspired by his dream to fight for his American dream. In his short life, Martin Luther King Jr. served as an instrument in helping us realize the true meaning of being an American and how to achieve the American dream that each one of us wants to attain.
All of these people were a very large part of the Civil Rights Movement and attempted to recognize African Americans as equals to Whites. One man who made a huge difference in changing our nation, by simply doing something he loved, was Jackie Robinson. Jackie Robinson made a difference by playing professional baseball, widely known as our national pastime. Recognized as the first African American to play the game of baseball, Jackie paved the way for other African Americans to do the same. Where would the game of baseball be today if Jackie Robinson never "broke the color barrier?"
Was Jackie Robinson the African American epitome of Babe Ruth, or was he more? Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 in Georgia. Subsequently, he became a symbol for change and a warrior for equality. For instance, similar to Katniss Everdeen from the movie series The Hunger Games, Robinson fought for the rights of the people, from an unjust government rule, “Robinson's integration of baseball was a major blow to segregation everywhere, causing other racial barriers to fall”(Wormser). In any case, his courageous battle for equal rights earned him a special place in history.
To deal with this repression, many African Americans including Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois, battled against discrimination and fought for civil rights to make their race equal in social status. Although both men were driven during their career for the same results which was to permit African Americans to have full citizenship, their approaches in getting them varied. While W. E. B. Du Bois utilized a philosophy that involved combative tactics to receive equal social and political rights, Booker T. Washington thought Africans needed to work vigorously for economic equality before demanding citizenship.
He grew up in harsh circumstances and had to fight his way out of hardship and peril. He used his time of incarceration as a point of reflection, opening himself to new ideas and philosophies. He was reviled by many for his ideas about the revolution against whites; he was also beloved by the African-American community because of his outright and passionate support for the equality of the minority, and the belief that blacks should have a place of power in American society. Malcolm X embodied what the civil rights movement represented and he should be considered as one of its greatest leaders because he helped shape the public’s understanding through his own experiences and his hard-won perspective, leadership, and sacrifice.
For African Americans, gaining freedom has been a hard struggle. Through the Civil Rights Movement that continued well into the 1970s, African Americans fought to gain rights that would allow them the most basic privileges. Though not enslaved anymore, African Americans quickly learned that freedom was not as easy or what they thought it would be. “Freedom” was a white man’s life that included equality within all aspects of life and no discrimination. After returning from war, African American men began to want more equal rights and opportunities, they expected justice form the country that they had fought for.
Without Jackie Robinson entering the game of baseball, there may have not been a Muhammed Ali, Arthur Ashe, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, or even Tiger Woods. Of course the possibility of another African American taking the throne and leading the fight for African rights through the game of baseball is justified but Jackie’s timing in the movement was impeccable. So impeccable, that it empowered others to stand up in a time of oppression. “All of us had to wait for Jackie,” said pitcher Joe Black. Joe Black says it well, Jackie Robinson is more than an African American baseball player, he was the beacon of light that sprouted the growth of blacks in the game of baseball, and sports nationwide.