Photograph. Near Fine.
Four black and white photos, each approx. 4" x 5." Three photos show Robinson facing a small audience and leaning against a desk alongside a woman and a seated man holding a copy of Jackie Robinson: My Own Story (1948), fourth photo shows Robinson receiving a certificate from the American Veterans Committee and standing with the aforementioned man and woman and some audience members. Near fine photos, with light edgewear and a couple of light creases. Overall, a nicely preserved set. A baseball legend, Jackie Robinson is credited with breaking the league's color line when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. In his Hall of Fame career, he won Rookie of the Year, NL MVP in 1949, and was selected for six All-Star games. He served in the military from 1942 to 1944 and was a member of the 761st "Black Panthers" Tank Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas. His time with the Battalion came to an end on July 6, 1944 when he refused to sit at the back of an Army bus and was subsequently arrested. The American Veterans Committee (AVC), a left-leaning veterans' organization, was founded in 1943 as a response to more conservative veterans groups. The AVC supported various liberal causes, and notably worked for desegregation in the South before the civil rights era. In this small photo archive, the organization is shown presenting Jackie Robinson with a certificate, presumably for his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.