In this mini video biography on Jackie Robinson, historians give an overview of Robinson’ life starting at his childhood and going all the way to his death in 1972. One historian even says “The story of Jackie Robinson put a black man at the center of the story of America and I think we’ve been an imperfect, but infinitely better society ever since.”
One particular event that the biography delves into is when Robinson refused to move to the back of a bus and this was eleven years before Rosa Parks became famous for refusing to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. On July 6, 1944, Robinson boarded a military bus on the base of Camp Hood in Waco, Texas and sat next to a fellow officer’s caucasian wife near the front of the bus. The bus driver told Robinson he had to sit in the back of the bus, but Robinson refused to move. The driver let him stay where he was sitting, but called the military police, who took Robinson into custody at the next stop. Robinson was court-martialed, resulting in him being charged with two counts of insubordination, which prohibited him from being deployed in combat overseas. Later that year, Robinson was honorably discharged from the military, which is when he started his baseball career.