Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America
'Promises to Keep' begins with a brief story of how racial segregation became a way of life in America. You will be captivated as you journey through photos, news clippings, and letters of Jackie Robinson's childhood, his challenges in becoming baseball's first African-American player, and his success as an executive and civil rights leader. His fame quickly spread across the United States. In 1947 he was Rookie of the Year and the second most popular man in America (Bing Crosby was first).
'Promises to Keep' accurately reflects Jackie Robinson's personal struggles with racism in America. The real-life photos, letters, and even death threats help children gently understand how hurtful segregation and racism can be. Jackie Robinson's greatest contribution maybe his philosophy that children and America do the best they can for themselves, family and community. His daughter has created an exceptional biography of a man who left a lasting influence on American history. 'Promises to Keep' reminds us that Jackie Robinson was a hero on and off the baseball field!