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Jack Roosevelt Robinson Jack Roosevelt Robinson was a good sensitive and intelligent man He was an African American who tried to get though life In his lifetime he went through many obstacles But through them all he would keep strong Jackie Robinson was born on January 311919 He was the youngest of five children He was also grandson of a slave He always hoped his life would be better then that but it wasnt At the age of five his father Jerry Robinson left home And his mother Millie Robinson moved the family to California His family was being supported by welfare because their father wasnt around to help They moved into a home with white neighbors who petitioned to have them relocated but this attempt failed Jackie was a fair student and had to work several part time jobs For a while he was involved in several crimes and robberies with the pepper street gang This didnt last long because he received big brotherly care from Carl Anderson a local mechanic and Reverend Karl Downs Both men were able to point him in a more positive direction They had him focus more on athletics After Pasadena Junior College Jackie got a scholarship to the University of California at UCLA Jackies true passion was playing sports He excelled in every sport he played His favorites were football track baseball and basketball which earned him a scholarship Jackie was the first student to play on four varsity teams At UCLA in 1940 he met his future wife Rachel Isum He did not complete his senior year at UCLA Instead at age of 21 he joined NYA national Youth Administration where he played baseball to entertain campers and worked with children He also earned extra money by playing for a semi-pro football team known as the Honolulu Bears In 1941 Robinson joined the United States Army After graduating from Officers Candidate School
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