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Timeline of events in the lives of Rachel and Jackie Robinson

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

1910s

1919: Jack Roosevelt Robinson is born in Cairo, Georgia.

1920s

1922: Rachel Isum is born in Los Angeles, California.

1930s

1936: Seventeen-year-old Jackie attends George Washington High School in Pasadena, California. He excels in sports, even winning the city's Ping-Pong championship. Jackie's brother Mack competes in the Summer Olympics held in Berlin, Germany. He wins the silver medal in the 200-meter dash, finishing second behind Jesse Owens.

1940s

1941: Rachel and Jackie meet at UCLA, where Jack is the first athlete in UCLA history to letter in four sports in a single year.

1942: Jackie joins the army. Rachel studies nursing in San Francisco and works as a riveter in an aircraft factory at night.

1945: Jackie joins the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League. On October 23 he signs a contract to play for the Montreal Royals, the top minor league team of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Branch Rickey, the Dodgers general manager, pays him a $3,500 bonus, plus $600 per month.

1946: Rachel and Jackie are married in February. Jackie plays his first minor league game. The Royals win the Little World Series, with Jackie scoring the winning run in the seventh and deciding game.

1947: Jackie plays in his first major league game. During the season he is taunted by players and fans. His salary is $5,000, plus a $3,500 bonus. Robinson is named the National League Rookie of the Year. A son, Jackie Jr., is born.

1950s

1950–52: Children Sharon and David are born.

1957: Robinson retires from baseball. During his ten years with the Dodgers the team wins six pennants and one World Series. Robinson becomes a business executive, and works extensively with the NAACP.

1960s

1960: Rachel joins the nursing staff of the first day hospital in the U.S. for mentally ill patients.

1962: Jackie is inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

1965: Rachel becomes Assistant Professor of Nursing at Yale University.

1970s

1972: Jackie Robinson dies on October 24, at age 53. Rachel Robinson starts the Jackie Robinson Development Corporation, which specializes in building low- to moderate-income housing.

1973: Rachel Robinson creates the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which provides educational and leadership opportunities for minority students nationwide.

Today

The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides generous four–year college scholarships in conjunction with a comprehensive set of skills and opportunities to disadvantaged students of color to ensure their success in college and to develop their leadership potential. With an average of 250 students enrolled in the program annually, JRF has had many years of success and experience with a diverse minority student population matriculating at between 90 and 100 colleges and universities across the country,

  • Subjects:
    African American History, Civil Rights, Civics and Government, African American
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