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Read a letter Jackie Robinson sent Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1962

Mike Oz
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(The King Archive)

On this, the day that America honors the contributions that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made toward civil rights, here's something that doubles as a cool piece of history for baseball fans. What you'll find above is a letter written by Jackie Robinson to King in 1962.

For a little context: Robinson is accepting a role in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a civil rights organization that King led at its inception. He's also asking King to support New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, who himself worked to eliminate discrimination in his state. Robinson had retired from baseball at this point, and had been inducted into the Hall of Fame a few months prior.

The letter comes to us from The King Center, which virtually displays nearly a million King-related documents. Here's another Robinson-King intersection — a speech King wrote about Robinson's role in furthering social justice in the U.S.

For even more on King and his relationship with baseball, read this piece by The Stew's David Brown from Dr. Martin Luther King Day 2013.

BLS H/N: The Sporting News

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