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Jackie Robinson at a Tokyo school, 1956

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 28, 2020

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Tokyo, November, 1956: Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers speaks to students at Tokyo's American School during his team's off-season tour of Japan. Robinson, who broke baseball's "color barrier" in 1947, told the group that racial integration in schools of the southern U.S. won't come overnight but "it is going to happen very soon. The problem is considerably smaller than 10 years ago because the right thinking people, fair-minded Americans, are taking over." He added that he hoped "people will look back at the (integration) success in baseball and realize that what can happen in baseball can happen anywhere."