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The end of the American Civil War was the reason slavery was Abolished. African Americans were no longer slaves, but they didn’t get any rights of freedoms until the 1960s. They were not treated equally, but the Civil Rights Movement put an end to that. The Civil Rights Movement was a major part of our history and it greatly affected the way people live today. It lasted over one hundred years and only fifty years ago schools were still segregated. 1951 Brown Vs. The Board of Education paved the way for school desegregation, but this isn’t something that happened overnight, it was a slow process. A few people that helped the Civil Rights Movement were Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Satchel Paige was not only a skilled baseball player, but he also brought attention to the negro league. He played in the Negro league many years before he brought attention to the negro league, and he wanted to be the first cross-over player. He worked hard to bring attention and be the first, unfortunately, things didn’t work out the way he had hoped. On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson ended racial segregation in professional baseball when played first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Although Paige wanted to be in Robinson’s position, he knew the importance of an African American cross-over player outweighed his personal desires. Paige thought that Robinson “…had not proven himself against the best white ballplayers…” (Readworks) One might expect Paige to express the way he felt to the new media, but instead, he said, “They didn’t make a mistake signing Robinson, they couldn’t have picked a better man.” (Readworks)
Jackie Robinson may not have been the best of the best when it came to baseball, but he is, in fact, one of the most important baseball players known to man. Robinson ended racial segregation in professional sports when he was signed by the Dodgers in April of 1947. This may have been one of his greatest achievements, but his most-liked achievement was making an impact in the way African Americans live today. Robinson’s career lasted from 1947 to 1956, a year after retiring he wrote a letter to the President of the United States. In the letter, he stated, “17 million *African Americans* cannot do as you suggest and wait for the hearts of men to change.” Jackie fought not only for the rights of African Americans, but he also worked hard to better society.
Although Jackie Robinson died in October of 1972, the actions he took and the words he spoke, still make an impact in the world we live in today.