Posts Tagged ‘civil rights’
68 years ago today, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball when Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager, Branch Rickey, started Robinson at first base. It was one of the most important moments in the MLB and led a nation into the civil rights movement. Robinson and Rickey were ahead of their time when you realize that this happened 16 years before Martin Luther King’s seminal “I have a dream” speech.
Here’s to you, Jackie Robinson.
On Monday, Senator Marco Rubio announced his campaign for the Presidency from the iconic Freedom Tower in Miami. It was a rousing and inspirational speech that highlighted his family’s path to attaining the American Dream. Rubio’s message was one of hope in the resurgence of American greatness and a powerful call to action. Rubio is the best communicator in the Republican Party and will be a top tier contender for the GOP nomination.
Speaking of top-tier contenders, Hillary Clinton launched her campaign for the White House on Sunday with a web video. As I tweeted that day, say what you will, but it was well done and had the right tone.
While I think she will struggle with coming across authentic, she is going to be a formidable opponent to whomever gets the GOP nomination.
Oh, and one of the most absurd things I have ever seen, happened in Iowa. Click the link below. Talk about a stampede.
VIDEO: Reporters ran to get to close to Clinton as the Scooby Van approached her Iowa event https://t.co/7vqR31b6NN
— The Cycle (@thecyclemsnbc) April 14, 2015
Those who know me well know that I’m a huge Jackie Robinson fan. And a Sandy Koufax fan. And a Dodgers Fan.
A couple years ago I wrote a blog post explaining a little bit about my reasons for the fandom.
Today Jackie Robinson would have been 94 years old. Not only was he the man who broke the color barrier in baseball, he was a great ball player.
The man behind the legend of Jackie Robinson was the General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey. He was one of the original civil rights pioneers, but I’d guess that there aren’t a fraction of people in the United States who have ever heard his name. And my guess is that he is never mentioned in course work on the civil rights movement.
That would be fine with him. He did the right thing because it was the right thing, not for attention. He let Jackie be in the spotlight.
I tip my cap to you Jackie. Thanks for being a hero to so many people.