With Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier and integrating professional baseball, this was a major political statement in 1947. Jackie Robinson helped to advance the civil rights movement further in 1947 with this major move. Mr. Robinson helped to galvanize his generation to fight more for civil rights for people of color. The “civil rights movement” really came alive in the 1950s to the 1980s, due to Jackie Robinson integrating the segregated professional baseball league. Thanks to many great “civil rights movement icons” like Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Fannie Lou Hamer, we were able to elect our first “Black President” in 2008 and 2012 (President Barack Obama).
And this chance has come to be, because there is nothing static with free people. There is no Middle Ages logic so strong that it can stop the human tide from flowing forward. I do not believe that every person, in every walk of life, can succeed in spite of any handicap. That would be perfection. But I do believe — and with every fiber in me — that what I was able to attain came to be because we put behind us (no matter how slowly) the dogmas of the past: to discover the truth of today; and perhaps find the greatness of tomorrow.