Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) was the first African-American Major League Baseball player. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers during his baseball career, and he broke the baseball color line, or color barrier.
- "I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me. All I ask is that you respect me as a human being."
- Simple: I do not care if you like me. I just want to you to respect me like you do with other people.
- About the quote: Statement to teammates on the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
- "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
- Simple: A life is not important if it does not change another person's life.
- "It was a small victory, for I had learned that I was in two wars, one against the foreign enemy, the other against prejudice at home."
- Simple: It was a small win, because I had learned I am a part of two wars, one against an enemy far a way, and the other is having prejudice within my family.
- About the quote: On his 1944 acquittal from a court-martial for refusing to go the back of a military bus upon boarding it near Fort Hood, TX on July 6, 1944.
- The Impact and Legacy Years, 1941, 1947, 1968 (2000) by Fred Pulis, p. 100
- I Never Had It Made : An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson (1972) by Jackie Robinson and Alfred Duckett, Epilogue
- The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson, by Jules Tygiel in American Heritage magazine Vol. 35, Issue 5 (August/September 1984)]