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.
I believe in the human race. I believe in the warm heart. I believe in man’s integrity. I believe in the goodness of a free society. And I believe that the society can remain good only as long as we are willing to fight for it — and to fight against whatever imperfections may exist.
Free Minds and Free Hearts Work, Robinson’s 1952 recorded essay for the Edward R. Murrow’s radio series, “This I Believe.”
Most Americans think of April 15 as Tax Day. And of course, many of us were indeed busy with taxes on that day–and on that night. But it was “Jackie Robinson Day” in the world of Major League Baseball; a day to honor a man who fought to desegregate American life by desegregating one of America’s greatest pastimes.
He played ball, but he knew it was more than a game.
Since baseball season is in the swing of things in earnest, I decided to post Jackie Robinson’s Hall of Fame speech upon his induction in 1962.
Some games are bigger than the score.
Courtesy of MLB.com