• Jakhira Cooper

Black History Month: Cairo remembers Jackie Robinson

Each year in February, CHS celebrates Black History Month. Black history month has always been the month that we come together to remember all of our African-American heroes and legends and all of their accomplishments and how they contributed and changed society today. This year, CHS is taking time to remember one of Cairo's well- known hometown heroes, Jackie Robinson, by coming together to celebrate his 100th birthday.

Jackie Robinson was born January 31, 1919, right here in Cairo, Ga. and later became the first African-American to play for a major league baseball team. Robinson was only 28 years old when he broke into the major leagues, and he also won the Unified Rookie of the Year award. In 1949, Robinson led the national League in stolen bases and batting average, was named to his first All-star Game, helped the Brooklyn Dodgers with the pennant by one game, and was named the year's Most Valuable Player.

He died October 24, 1972 in Stamford, Conn., but shortly before his death, Jackie Robinson was selected to throw out the first pitch at the 1972 World Series, the 25th anniversary of his breaking the Major League color barrier.

On January 31, the Cairo Boys & Girls club held a baseball event at the Jackie Robinson baseball field. All the kids wore Major league baseball jerseys and played ball and celebrated and honored the life of Jackie Robinson. The coordinator of this event and Director of the Cairo Boys & Girls club, Stephen Francis, gave his thoughts on the event. Francis said he reminded the kids that, like Robinson, to accomplish anything important in life you may have to overcome obstacles and adversity.