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The Court Martial of Jackie Robinson
« on: July 31, 2020, 10:58:13 PM »
Old article from American Heritage magazine, 1984.  I knew (and still know) very, very little about Jackie Robinson, but came across this recently and found it fascinating and inspiring and just a great read (it's quite long).

ON JULY 6, 1944, Jackie Robinson, a twenty-five-year-old lieutenant, boarded an Army bus at Fort Hood, Texas. Sixteen months later he would be tapped as the man to break baseball’s color barrier, but in 1944 he was one of thousands of blacks thrust into the Jim Crow South during World War II. He was with the light-skinned wife of a fellow black officer, and the two walked half the length of the bus, then sat down, talking amiably. The driver, gazing into his rear-view mirror, saw a black officer seated in the middle of the bus next to a woman who appeared to be white. Hey, you, sittin’ beside that woman,” he yelled. “Get to the back of the bus.”

It makes me want to read a full biography of Robinson