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Jackie Robinson explores how the civil rights movement dovetailed with Robinson's baseball career.Jack Roosevelt Robinson rose from humble origins to cross baseball's color line and become one of the most beloved men in America. A fierce integrationist, Robinson used his immense fame to speak out against the discrimination he saw on and off the field, angering fans, the press, and even teammates who had once celebrated him for "turning the other cheek." After baseball, he was a widely-read newspaper columnist, divisive political activist and tireless advocate for civil rights, who later struggled to remain relevant as diabetes crippled his body and a new generation of leaders set a more militant course for the civil rights movement.
Jackie Robinson, the grandson of slaves, rises from humble origins to integrate Major League Baseball, performing brilliantly in spite of the threats and abuse he faces on and off the field, and in the process, challenges the prejudiced notions of what a black man could achieve.
Robinson uses his immense fame to speak out against the injustice he sees nearly everywhere, alienating many who had once celebrated him for "turning the other cheek." After baseball, he seeks new ways to fight discrimination, but as the civil rights movement he once seemed to embody becomes more militant and he faces a crippling illness, Robinson struggles to remain relevant.
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