The desegregation of pro sports and the U.S. armed forces {Day 04 #RRRR}

Professional sports were segregated  until 1947 when Jackie Robinson became the first black man to play major league baseball. Wesley Branch Rickey, a white man, signed Jackie to a contract. While President Harry Truman issued the order which called for the desegregation of the United States armed forces on July 26, 1948. My Daddy began his distinguished career in the US Air Force, sometime soon after this date. 

Ethnic prejudice has no place in sports, and baseball must recognize that truth if it is to maintain stature as a national game. —Branch Rickey

Absence of the truth makes the heart forget the truth. Dead Men like Branch Rickey, Abraham Lincoln and James Garner did much to advance the plight of a people, once known as negro, and now known as African American. And, where does the term African American leave the many of us with mixed ancestry which does not exclude the native or the white man.

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