● Jackie Robinson: Jack Roosevelt Robinson, professionally known as Jackie Robinson was the first Black athlete to play Major League Baseball. Born January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. From a teenager to college, Robinson played several sports, being one of the first athletes at his alma mater of UCLA to win varsity letters in four sports. After being discharged from World War II, Robinson found his way back to sports. 1945, he joined the Negro League as pro baseball player for the Kansas City Monarchs. Two years later, he’d make history as he joined the MLB, batting for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Throughout his 10-year career he earned many awards and recognitions, including a World Series title in 1955. After his career, he received even more acknowledgement for his courage and pioneering. Robinson was able to build a beautiful family and legacy, before his death on October 24, 1972, he was 53 years old.