“A hero is someone who helps people, changes the world, or just a person who is there for someone.” -GMS Participant
“The past American heroes were amazing.” -Daiyan Aziz
“I learned Jackie lived through a lot of racist problems and sat in front of the bus during segregation.” -Christian Figueroa
Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) is best known for breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947. For their presentation, the kids shared how he faced discrimination and racial slurs in both his military career (he was arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus while serving as an Army Lieutenant in 1944) and his subsequent years as a star baseball player.