lacoliseumThe #LosAngelesMemorialColiseum is proud to recognize February as #BlackHistoryMonth, and celebrate the achievements of African Americans and their role in both our history, as well as the history of the United States.
We are fortunate that over the last 94 years our stadium has hosted thousands of events before 117 million spectators, which featured some of the most recognizable African American athletes, performers and dignitaries who not only define universal human aspiration, but whose accomplishments continue to inspire generations.
Today, we honor the great Jackie Robinson, who played at the #Coliseum after he had transferred from Pasadena Junior College to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1939-1941. Robinson was the first athlete in UCLA history who lettered in an unbelievable four sports the same year: baseball, football, basketball and track. In 1942, he was drafted into the US Army and rose to the rank of Lieutenant before he was honorably discharged due to an ankle injury. After intensive rehabilitation, Robinson was able to return to his passion of a career in baseball, and in 1947, became the first African American to play in the MLB for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Over his 10-year career with the #Dodgers, Robinson accrued this incredible list of accomplishments: Rookie of the Year in 1947; Most Valuable Player in 1949; 6-time All-Star who played in six World Series, winning one in 1955; and inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1972, Jackie Robinson passed away, however, his legacy and contributions to the world live on through the Jackie Robinson Foundation. He was also posthumously awarded the National Freedom of Honor in 1984 and in 2005, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, our nation's highest civilian award. "There's not an American in this country free until every one of us is free." #JackieRobinson
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