Today's Black Love History Lesson | Love & Baseball πŸ’•

Today's Black Love History Lesson | Love & Baseball πŸ’•
At the intersection of Black History Month and a month dedicated to love is the history of Black LoveΒ πŸ’•.
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Today's Black Love History LessonΒ  | Love & Baseball πŸ’•
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We celebrate the love of Jackie and Rachel Robinson for having that supernatural kind of love that breaks through barriers.
I swoon over this love story. Truly.
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Born in Los Angeles, Rachel met Jackie at UCLA where she was studying to become a nurse. Jackie was already well known on campus for baseball, but he quickly fell for the charming nursing student.
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While they were engaged in 1941, their love was tested when Jackie received his draft notice. Jackie sent Rachel a box of chocolates every Friday while he was away.
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After being honorably discharged from the military, Jackie played in the negro baseball league while Rachel completed her nursing degree.
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As Jackie went on to break color barriers in baseball as the first black man to play in the major leagues, Rachel became the force that guided him along the way. Despite experiencing challenges due to the color of their skin, their love strengthened.
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After Jackie retired, Rachel completed her Master's in Psychiatric Nursing. She became an Assistant Professor at Yale and then a Director of Nursing at the Connecticut Mental Health Center.
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After her beloved Jackie passed away in 1972, Rachel went on to create development corporation that specialized in low income housing. Later she created the Jackie Robinson Foundation that focused on educational and leadership opportunities for minority students. And it should be noted that she has received twelve honorary degrees in her lifetime.
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Today, Rachel is 98 years old and resides in CT.
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We salute the kind of the kind of love that becomes a force when they are together! Cue the Neyo song for those of you who know!

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