First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie by Michael G. Long

By Michael G. Long

Never-before-published letters provide a wealthy portrait of the baseball megastar as a fearless suggest for racial justice on the maximum degrees of yank politics

Jackie Robinson's braveness at the baseball diamond is likely one of the nice tales of the fight for civil rights in the USA, and his corridor of repute occupation speaks for itself. yet we now not pay attention Robinson communicate for himself; his loss of life at age fifty-three in 1972 robbed the US of his voice a long way too soon.
In First category Citizenship, Jackie Robinson comes alive at the web page for the 1st time in many years. the coed Michael G. lengthy has unearthed a notable trove of Robinson's correspondence with--and own replies from--such towering figures as Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Hubert Humphrey, Nelson Rockefeller, and Barry Goldwater. those awesome conversations exhibit the scope and intensity of Robinson's attempt throughout the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties to rid the US of racism.
Writing eloquently and with obtrusive ardour, Robinson charted his personal direction, delivering his aid to Democrats and to Republicans, wondering the strategies of the civil rights circulate, and difficult the nation's leaders whilst he felt they have been in charge of hypocrisy--or worse. via his phrases in addition to his activities, Jackie Robinson actually personified the "first classification citizenship" that he thought of the birthright of all americans, no matter what their race.

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I am happy for you, that you were born white. It would have been extremely difficult for you had it been otherwise. Sincerely yours, Jackie Robinson HERBERT LEHMAN TO ROBINSON The platform hearings on civil rights at the 1956 Democratic National Convention pitted opponents to integration against civil rights activists, including the liberal senator Herbert Lehman of New York. The liberals were dealt a blow on August 16 when the convention rejected a platform plank that promised implementation of Supreme Court decisions prohibiting segregation in transportation and public schools—including the landmark ruling in Brown v.

Well that's bad cause you are going to get it. Remember what happened to Arnold Shuyster in Brooklyn in 1952? Well Wed. nite Sept. 15 you die. No use crying to the cops. You'll be executed gangland style at Busch stadium. C. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the keynote speaker at the televised event, made a special effort to shake Robinson's hand just after delivering his speech. November 25, 1953 Dear Mr. President: I want to take this opportunity to let you know how very much it meant to me to be able to meet you briefly at the dinner in Washington Monday night.

January 18, 1951 Dear Mr. Robinson: My son and I enjoyed very much our recent talk with you. I was especially interested to hear about the work you and Mr. A. Because of my appreciation not only of the importance of this program but also of the part you personally are playing in it, it gives me real pleasure to send you the enclosed cashier's check drawn to the order of the Harlem Branch as a contribution toward the expense of this program during the current year. A. of the City of New York, my brothers and I have not felt that we could normally contribute to branches of the "Y" within the city.

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