Today’s Monday Motivation is a quote from Jackie Robinson, a man who fought to desegregate American life–most notably, on the baseball diamond.
A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. –Jackie Robinson
Robinson, of course, had quite an impact on many lives in our country, and beyond our shores. And we will be able to learn more about his impact in the new Ken Burns documentary, “Jackie Robinson.” It airs in two parts–tonight and tomorrow–on PBS. The President and First Lady also appear in the documentary.
Burns said this of Robinson on CBS’ Face the Nation:
“When you realize when he came up on April 15th, 1947, Martin Luther King was a junior at Morehouse College. Truman hadn’t integrated the military. There had been no Brown versus Board of Education.
“Rosa Parks hadn’t thought of not giving up her seat, though Jackie had done it three years earlier on a military base in Texas, Fort Hood. He’s really, as– as King himself said– a sit-inner before sit-ins, a freedom rider before freedom rides.” –Ken Burns on Jackie Robinson
I’ll be watching. I hope you will, too.
Here’s a preview. You’ll also note that the quote above is used in the clip below:
Remember, we each have ways we can make an impact. We don’t have to do what Jackie Robinson did. Or do what his wife, Rachel Robinson, still does.
We simply must do what we can, right where we are–and right at this moment.
Step up to the plate, and swing!