Jack and Rachel: A Love Supreme
Just kiss me, please!
Their love for each other fortified and protected them from the slings and arrows of the most vicious racism, racial discrimination, and segregation of the late 1930s through the 1960s.
Jack and Rachel were partners in every respect. Mrs. Robinson shared the premise behind, and the sustaining power of their partnership in the memoir Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait: “I was the support person so often misidentified as the ‘little woman behind the great man,’ but I was neither little nor behind him. I felt powerful by his side as his partner, essential, challenged, and greatly loved.” Her book has a 5-star rating on Amazon.
Today, April 15, 2018, we are extremely pleased on this 71st anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s breaking of the color barrier (an unspoken restrictive covenant within Major League Baseball from the 1880’s to 1947) to presented and featured this extraordinary artistic impression and representation of Mrs. Rachel Robinson, the widow of baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, on this website. It is to serve as a symbol and motivation for America to work toward our highest goals as a nation. It will also bring attention to our need as Americans to honor and learn from those who sacrificed so much in the struggle for equality of opportunity in the past in order to help shape the present and the future.
Jack and Rachel Robinson worked for a more just and inclusive America. So, it is fitting that America might come together to praise and honor our oneness as Americans, while recognizing and celebrating our diversity as individuals.
She is the epitome of grace.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, marked 45 years, to the day, that Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson’s body was physically untethered from the mooring lines and the bounds of earth. His physical time at the home plate on the Creator’s playing field of life was complete, and he was called up to the Majors. But not before the Almighty allowed him to steal home plate one last time in his final public appearance as an honored guest at the second game of the 1972 World Series at the old Riverfront stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Notwithstanding the fact that Jack has been physically gone for 45 years, his indelible love, his indomitable spirit, and his memory and legacy will never be forgotten or erased by time or distance from the hearts and minds of the millions of people whose lives he touched, especially those of Rachel Robinson and their children, Jack Jr., Sharon, and David.
We must believe that in those 45 years, not one day has passed without Rachel’s thoughts migrating to their oh-so-little and precious but intense and powerful time together when their lives were physically shared.
The remarkable thing is that Mrs. Robinson has carried on protecting the memory and the legacy of a true American hero that were bequeathed to future generations of Americans as a beacon of hope that America can and will eventually truly live up to its creed that all men and women are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights of life, liberty, an equal opportunity, fairness, and the pursuit of happiness.
About Rachel Robinson: Educator, Philanthropist and Civil Rights Activist
Oh, you know her story. You know that she, in her extraordinary life of service to others after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from UCLA in 1945, went on to become the wife and full partner of her husband, Jackie Robinson, in the monumental struggle for civil rights for all Americans. She did this all while raising three children as well as being a graduate student at NYU, in pursuit of self-fulfillment, and earning her master’s degree in psychiatric nursing in order to further her quest to serve others.
And on top of that, after the love of her life passed away at the age of 53, she has for 45 years now, at 95, has been the spiritual head of and motivational force behind the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF), still leading a team of men and women who are dedicated to the mission of equipping minority students with the tools to succeed in life and in higher education, including through mentoring and providing full-tuition scholarships. She is the embodiment of Chaka’s and Whitney Houston’s song, “I’m Every Woman,” written by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson. However, did you know that Rachel Robinson (born Rachel Annetta Isum on July 19, 1922) is also the descendant of a long line of majestic, magnificent Africans?
The Creator planted the seeds of those majestic Africans and their civilization in the land of the Powhatan Confederacy, near present-day Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619. It was 300 years before the birth of Jack Roosevelt Robinson (the chosen one to change America for good) in 1919, who is also a descendant of the majestic Africans.
Legend has it that, in 1619, the University of the ’Hood® was established as an extension of the world-renowned and preeminent learning center of the world—the University of Timbuktu in Timbuktu, Mali, West Africa. What is not a legend is that the Black Struggle Tree was also planted in 1619, now symbolizing the longest-lasting, and most economic exploitive devastating forced migration (from the continent of Africa) in human history; infamously known as the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Notwithstanding the origin, the purpose (economic exploitation), and the resulting centuries of havoc and devastation the Black Struggle Tree have produced extraordinary, phenomenal human beings such as Jack and Rachel Robinson. Because of the aspirations, love and strength of their African forebears, despite their trials and tribulations spanning more than 300 years they are the sweet fruit from the Black Struggle Tree, as are each succeeding generation of the magnificent Africans.
Rachel Robinson is a descendant of a long line of
Majestic, Magnificent Africans.
Click below to peruse and listen to the sweet fruit of the Black Struggle Tree ancestral tribute to Rachel Annetta (Isum) Robinson.
Quincy Jones/Letta Mbulu- Many Rains Ago (Oluwa) Roots . Quincy, thank you for the beautiful music from Roots
A public holiday to recognize America’s triumphs in human relations—a day of national remembrance and reconciliation is in accord with UN resolution 68/237, the International Decade for People of African Descent.
The request that Congress pass legislation (within the lifetime of Rachel Robinson) designating April 15 of each years as a federal holiday—a day of healing, reflection, education and national reconciliation to commemorate the day (April 15, 1947) that Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey integrated Major League Baseball and changed America for good; i.e., the world.
A legal federal holiday exclusively dedicated to unite the nation in the common cause of healing the wounds of the long-lasting divisions in our nation over the simple biological process of producing melanin, and the fallacy of racial distinction where there is none is imperative. A national holiday of reconciliation to engage in teach-ins about this critically important issue at colleges, universities and houses of worship (for all religions and denominations) throughout the nation is in keeping with UN resolution 68/237, the International Decade for People of African Descent. Moreover, it is important that the United States lead the world in implementing the principles and objectives of UN resolution 68/237—Recognition, Justice and Development.
Let us celebrate our diversity, and our oneness as Americans—It is our strength. We must be unified to compete globally in the 21st century. Play to your strengths, America!
America has been blessed to have had Jackie Robinson in our lives.
Every day, somewhere in America, Jackie Robinson’s name is evoked as an example of courage and hope for a better future. He was a highly intelligent, driven man chosen for a very important rendezvous with destiny, a man who truly gave more than he took, and made the world a better place than it was when he arrived here. He was emblematic of Albert Einstein’s thinking.
“It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.
― Albert Einstein
Mr. Robinson was much more than a superb athlete who played three different professional sports—football, basketball and baseball—during his illustrious nation-changing career. As a hammer and chisel were to Nabataean stonemasons of ancient Petra in present-day Jordan, sports were to Jackie Robinson. They were a tool that the Creator gifted him with along with courage and tenacity which to create a blueprint, to lay a foundation, for future generations of Americans to build a better more equitable America—i.e., a better world.