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When youre in the military youre presented a salute upon which respect and dignity imply Unfortunately this wasnt always the case All of that was hastily forgotten He barely missed a court-martial and was honorably discharged shortly thereafter Davis 1 Would you believe that it was because he refused to move from a front seat to the rear seat of an army bus He was a legitimate soldier in the US Army He enlisted after the Pearl Harbor bombing and was promoted to Lieutenant three years later However unlike protester Rosa Parks being instructed by a higher-ranking and white officer meant a direct order so he moved to the back Some thanks to a man anxious to help fight for the preservation of his country That man was Jackie Robinson The youngest of five children Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born in Georgia on January 31 1919 At the age of 18 months his sharecropper father left the family distraught from the reality of his sixth child which he claimed he couldnt afford His mother Mallie on the verge of insanity moved the family to Pasadena California to live with her brother and found work as a domestic housekeeper While growing up with a psychologically abusive uncle Jackie rarely saw his mother in order to develop a parental bond with her He grew up by himself and therefore experienced a miserable childhood Jackie attended a local vocational school for an academic education as well as to learn a trade that could be financially useful to his mother and the family It was her wish that Jackie attend Pasadenas Muir Technical High and Jackie quickly found something out about himself He enjoyed gym class so much he was determined to try out for the sports teams all of them Throughout his high school career at Muir Jackie excelled in four sports football basketball baseball and track He even set two school records in track which earned him
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