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Letter from Jackie Robinson to President Nixon, March 21, 1972. Robinson writes to the President urging him to see busing not as a means to integration, but to allow African-Americans to compete for equal educational opportunities. Robinson’s political support for Nixon eroded later in the 1960s due to what he perceived as the slow pace of fair and equal treatment for African-Americans. Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947 when he began playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers in New York. After leaving baseball in1957, Robinson became a Vice President for Chock Full O’Nuts, and in the same year was invited to be the chairman for the Freedom Fund Drive, a national fund-raising event for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Robinson passed away in October of 1972.
Letter; Robinson to Nixon; March 21, 1972; HU; folder HU 2-1 4-14-72 -- 4-30-72; Box 12; White House Central Files; Subject Files HU


Brooklyn Dodgers' second baseman Jackie Robinson, photographed by Bob Sandberg for Look Magazine, 1954.
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