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Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

Black Mail Fast Facts: Many people know about legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson. He was the first African American player to integrate major league baseball. What you may not know about him is that he was a lieutenant in the 761st “Black Panther” Tank Battalion of the U.S. Army. In 1942, he was one of the few black officers in the unit who refused orders to sit in the back of a military bus at Fort Hood, TX. As a result, he was court martialed. The charges were eventually dropped against him. The orders to have him sit in the back of the bus were actually a violation of War Department policy which prohibited racial discrimination in recreational and transportation facilities at all Army posts.


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