Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to integrate the sport of professional baseball. His heroism in doing so has been admired by people for generations. This resolution in Congress was introduced in 1997 to honor Robinson’s achievements in baseball and as an activist throughout his life working for equality for all Americans.
- Congress recognizes Americans for important achievements through documents called resolutions which are introduced by Members of Congress and then voted on by each chamber. What aspects of Robinson’s career and life were highlighted in this resolution? What aspects of character are important in your community today?
- According to this resolution, how did Robinson show what it means to be a positive member of a community? Compare Robinson’s achievements in sports with the achievements of Shawn Johnson who had a day named for her in Iowa. What similarities do you see?
H. Con. Res. 61- 105th Congress: Honoring the Lifetime Achievments of Jackie Robinson. Congress.gov.