by Antonio Harvey
Special to the NNPA from the LA Watts Times
Rachel Robinson, at the podium, the wife of the late Jackie Robinson talks about her husband and Black sportswriter Wendell Smith at the California State Capitol on Sep. 9, 2013. While Jackie Robinson made history by integrating Major League Baseball in 1947, Smith, who accompanied Robinson around the country during that historical season, also faced racism as a journalist. Standing behind Mrs. Robinson, shown left to right are California Assemblymembers Brian Maienschein, Holly Mitchell, Steven Bradford, Cheryl Brown, Chris Holden, and Sen. Joel Anderson. OBSERVER photos by Antonio R. Harvey (with the exception of Jackie Robinson’s and Wendell Smith’s inset photos).
SACRAMENTO — When Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson became the first Black player to play in Major League Baseball (MLB), he and his wife, Rachel Robinson, were under continuous scrutiny and blatant bigotry, from a section of society that cared not to see change.