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Black History Month: Honoring Jackie Robinson

James Streeter, contributor

When it comes to Black history, the stories that stand out have similar themes such as courage, bravery and perseverance. 

This Black History Month we will focus first on the story of Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947. Robinson debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. Not only did Jackie receive many threats for this heroic act, but so did the Brooklyn Dodgers organization as well as other players who were on the team. Robinson started at first base and went hitless during his debut, but reached base on an error in the seventh and scored the eventual go-ahead run in a victory against the Boston Braves.

This was one of the first dominoes to fall that has moved us to the world we live in today. If not for Robinson being able to brave the threats and willing to go against all odds, things could be a lot different. Robinson went on to have an electric career and was able to perform while dealing with pressure that may have felt like the weight of the world. 

Thank you to all the courageous people who did what they could to break racial barriers. If not for all of you, we would not see all the great things we have all these years. Next week we will continue to explore the journeys of Black athletes.