Last week, Sharon Robinson, author and daughter of the famed baseball player Jackie Robinson came to the Amherst campus to speak to the campers. Here is some of what we learned about Jackie Robinson:
His parents were sharecroppers and his grandparents were slaves. He was honorably discharged from the army when he successfully defended himself after being arrested for refusing to sit at the back of a military base bus. He made an agreement with Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey to refrain from using his fists or his words when he became a target of bigotry and hatred, and instead played harder and better, proving them wrong with the quality of his character and gamesmanship. During his time in baseball, his efforts to buy a home in integrated neighborhoods were consistently thwarted, until the good folks of Stamford, CT intervened.